Death With Dignity Act (DWDA) Process
To use Oregon’s law, you must make 3 requests to your prescribing physician, specifically:
- 2 verbal requests, and
- 1 written request that is a minimum of 15 days apart. (There is no maximum. Exceptions to 15-day minimum possible in extreme situations.)
The written request is a form called “Request for Medication.” It must be completed with 2 witnesses after you have seen both the prescribing doctor and the consulting doctor. Only the person can make these requests; they cannot be made by anyone else, nor through an Advance Directive.
What about the medication?
There are several medication options, and your prescribing physician will discuss these with you. The physician must deliver the prescription to the pharmacy, either personally or my mail. A family member or friend may pick up the medications.
You must be able to self-administer the medication either by swallowing or by self-administering a feeding tube.
Some insurance companies may cover the cost of the medication and/or physician visits, depending on your own policy.
There is no obligation to fill the prescription or take the medication if you have it. If you do not use the medication, call us for instructions for its disposal.
Would my Life Insurance benefits be affected?
Life insurance benefits are not affected by using Oregon’s law. The law requires that the death certificate indicates that the death was due to your underlying illness.
How is End of Life Choices Oregon involved?
Experienced volunteers are available to meet with you and assist you through the process. Our volunteers can answer questions about Oregon’s DWD Act and address your concerns. It is your choice whether you would like your volunteer to be present at the time you take the medication. We assist with preparation and support your family and friends in attendance.
We are Available to Talk
Our Medical Director is available to talk with physicians in order to explain the DWD process and legal requirements.
“You really need an objective presence to help navigate the requirements of the [DWDA] law. We experienced disbelief and denial as Jeanne’s symptoms began moving in on her. It became more difficult for her to pursue and concentrate on the things that needed to be done. An organization like EOLCOR has been so helpful in providing the road map to what is needed and the encouragement along the way, so that Jeanne can exercise her rights to DWDA.”
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