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Oregon's Death With Dignity Law More Widely Used But Some Physicians Still Skeptical

OPB | Broadcast: April 6, 2017

A new study finds use of Oregon's Death with Dignity law has spiked in recent years.

Death With Dignity Report | Elliott Smith Reissue | Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Winner

OPB | Broadcast: April 6, 2017

A new report on Death With Dignity, the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and a concert to celebrate the remastered edition of Elliott Smith's classic album "Either/Or."

Oil Train Bills | Legal Sudafed Again? | Death With Dignity

OPB | Broadcast: March 20, 2017

Should Sudafed be available without a prescription again? What can states do to limit oil spills from trains? Also, we talk to Matt Witt about his parents' end of life experiences, Oregon's Death With Dignity law, and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

REBROADCAST: Peter Rassmussen

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 4, 2015

Death With Dignity proponent Dr. Peter Rassmussen died at home yesterday after taking a fatal dose of drugs to end his life.

The Challenges ALS Patients Face In Using Death With Dignity

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 18, 2015

ALS patients face some specific challenges when it comes to using Oregon and Washington's Death with Dignity laws, which require patients to self-administer the medication that will end their lives.

At Home With ALS

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 16, 2015

We continue our "At Home" series with Summer Whisman, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at age 32.

Should Oregon Adopt "Right To Try"?

OPB | Broadcast: March 16, 2015

MONDAY: A proposed bill in the Oregon legislature would allow terminally ill patients in Oregon to try drugs that are not yet FDA-approved.

Death With Dignity Proponent Faces Own Illness

OPB | Broadcast: March 2, 2015

MONDAY: Former oncologist and palliative care doctor Peter Rasmussen, who pushed for death with dignity laws in Oregon and Canada, now faces a terminal illness.

Young Woman's Choice Prompts Coversations About Death With Dignity Law

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 3, 2014

MONDAY: Twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Maynard ended her life Saturday. She was terminally ill and moved to Oregon to use the state's Death with Dignity Law.

Shortage of Execution Drug Could Affect Death With Dignity Patients

OPB | Broadcast: May 22, 2014

THURSDAY: Patients using Oregon and Washington's Death with Dignity laws want access to a drug that's currently tied up in a global political struggle over the death penalty.

Remembering Peter Goodwin

OPB | Broadcast: March 13, 2012

Peter Goodwin was one of the first physicians to voice support for Oregon's "Death with Dignity" law. On Sunday, he used the law to end his own life after suffering from a terminal brain disease.

How To Die In Oregon

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 18, 2011

Sundance Award-winning filmmaker Peter Richardson introduces us to his latest documentary.