HealthLawProf Blog

Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Sunday, March 6, 2005

Surviving Assisted Suicde

A terminally ill Oregon man who tried to end his life with a fatal dose of drugs prescribed legally under Oregon's assisted-suicide law awoke three days later.  Mr. David Prueitt, who had lung cancer, lived for two more weeks before dying of natural causes.   There have been several other cases of complications with doctor-assisted suicides.  In this case, the state Department of Human Services will turn the case over to either the Board of Medical Examiners or State Board of Pharmacy to discover whether where it was the procedure or the drugs were at fault.  [bm]

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