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California’s right-to-die law goes into effect Thursday; some local hospitals plan to ‘opt out’
Desert Dispatch

Some terminally ill patients residing in California may now officially request physicians to provide them with life-ending drugs after SB 128 went into effect Thursday. Area hospitals and medical providers weighed-in on the passage of the End of Life Option Act, which came after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the act in October, but didn’t go into effect until 90 days after the end of a special legislative session on health care. Hospital systems across the state trained doctors, pharmacists and other health care professionals on the new law and how to assist patients who want a lethal prescription that they must self-administer.