12 NJ residents ended their lives in 2019 under Aid in Dying law: report

Adam Warner
August 01, 2020 - 4:02 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A dozen New Jersey residents ended their lives in 2019 under the state’s new Medical Aid in Dying law, according to an official report.

The report released Friday shows six men and six women used the law between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31 of last year.

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The residents ranged in age from 50 to 93. Eleven of them were white and one was Asian.

The majority of the patients, 10, died at home. One patient died at another home and one patient died at a nursing home.

Seven of the patients had cancer, while three had a neuro-degenerative disease. One had a pulmonary disease and another had a gastrointestinal disorder.

The state’s death with dignity law was signed by Gov. Phil Murphy in April 2019 and went into effect on Aug. 1, 2019.

Under the law, someone with a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less is allowed to obtain a prescription for medication to end his or her life.

A request for the medication must be made twice verbally and once in writing, with the verbal requests being separated by at least 15 days. A consulting physician must also confirm the patient is acting voluntarily, among other requirements.