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Bonus Myth: People would flock to Oregon to die on our beaches

Lie to MeReality: This is one of the more whimsical myths which was very popular in Oregon during the 1990s, and one which has died down in popularity due to the complete lack of evidence to support it. According to state-issued reports, year after year, the number of deaths related to Oregon's Death with Dignity Act account for roughly the same percentage of total deaths in Oregon.

After the initial early days of the law, there's been a slight increase over time as more Oregon residents have become more aware of this end-of-life option. Had people been flocking to our beaches to die, you'd see a disproportionate increase in deaths related to the state's Death with Dignity Act compared to the total number of deaths. This simply hasn't happened as demonstrated by 13 years of data.

It's good to see at least one myth fade away into obscurity since it was so obviously incorrect. More than that, it was just plain silly.

Posted on February 25, 2012 in Ask DDNC

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