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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Oregon How to Die in In 1994 Oregon became thefirst state to legalizephysician assisted suicide Physician assisted suicide is legal in 3 states Oregon, Washington, and Vermont Of the 65 patients who died under the law in 2010, most (70.8%) were over age 65 years of age, all were white, welleducated, and had cancer. Since the law was passed in 1997, 525 patients have died from ingesting the lethal cocktail of federally-controlled drugs. It wasnt about dying but living with dignity and not be a burden to my family. - Cody Curtis The film doesn't strive to tell people how they must die, but through personal accounts shows how simply havingmore options for end-of-life care gives people more peace of mind in their final days. Nancy Niedzielski I can't understand how anyone could argue that death with dignity shouldn't be an option for everybody - Patients must be diagnosed as terminally illand able to mentally make their own decision After loosing her husband to brain cancer, Nancy Niedzielskiworked tirelesslyin Washington state to advocatefor the state'sDeath with Dignity Act whichvoters approved in 2008. Her effortswere documented in the the film. Main character, Cody Curtis age 54 suffers heroically through a roller coaster of emotions and debilitating, often humiliating, symptoms stemming from recurrent cancer of the liver. Lives one year later and chooses Seconal, a barbiturate, weeks before Christmas. Filmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether and when to end their lives by lethal overdose in the film
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