Brittany Maynard: Why she was unusual but not unique

November 3, 2014 4:46 PM

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Brittany Maynard: Why she was unusual but not unique

Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old whose viral video reignited the national debate over patients' right to die, ended her own life on Saturday. She's one of more than 750 people who have died from a lethal dose of drugs prescribed under Oregon's Death with Dignity law since it was enacted in 1998. Time magazine has a very smart "by-the-numbers" graphic with information about how these laws work in the five states that have passed them and who chooses to use them.

AGE: Maynard was 29. The median age of those who died was 71 with the bulk of people between 55 and 84. Only 3 percent were under 44.

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