During the first six months since assisted suicide became legal in the state of California, 111 people ended their own lives using drugs prescribed by their doctors.
The 111 suicides were only a tiny fraction of roughly 10,000 deaths recorded in California over the same six-month period.
A profile of the suicides found that the majority were white males over the age of 60. A majority (59%) had been diagnosed with cancer.
Apparently some of the people who requested prescriptions for lethal drugs had second thoughts. The data showed that 191 prescriptions had been written, so 80 people had not taken the drugs at the time of the survey.