Of the 431 patients for whom prescriptions were written during 2022, 246 (57%) died from ingesting the medication. An additional 84 (19%) did not take the medications and later died of other causes. At the time of reporting, ingestion status was unknown for 101 patients prescribed DWDA medications in 2022.
Since the law was passed in 1997, a total of 3,712 people have received prescriptions under the DWDA and 2,454 people (66%) have died from ingesting the medications. During 2022, DWDA deaths accounted for an estimated 0.6% of total deaths in Oregon.
Read more: DWDA 2022 Data Summary Report (oregon.gov)