- Associated Press - Monday, November 3, 2014

Oregon voters approved a law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives in 1994, but opponents persuaded a federal judge to issue an injunction temporarily blocking the law. Voters in November 1997 overwhelmingly reaffirmed the nation’s first aid-in-dying law, and it’s been in place ever since.

According to state statistics compiled through Dec. 31, 2013:

- People who have used the law since late 1997: 752 (396 men, 356 women)

- People younger than 35 who have used the law: 6

- Median age of the deceased: 71

- Percentage of the deceased who were white: 97

- Percentage who had at least some college: 72

- Percentage of patients who informed relatives of their decision: 94

- Percentage of patients who died at a home: 95 percent

- Median minutes between ingestion of lethal drug and unconsciousness: 5

- Median minutes between ingestion and death: 25

- Number of terminally ill people who have moved to Oregon to die: unknown

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