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1st Vt. residents seeks lethal prescription

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Middlebury man is the first to request a lethal prescription under Vermont's new Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Law.

Forty-seven-year-old Jason Saltman died Nov. 22 before picking up the medication, according to his sister, Laura Saltman.

Laura Saltman told the Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/1gy8qbZ ) that her brother had stomach cancer and was suffering from increasing pain near the end.

She said he planned to pick up the medication on Nov. 22, a Friday, but died early that morning before getting it.

The law, which took effect in May, allows terminally ill patients with less than six months to live to hasten their deaths.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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