Supporters, opponents mark death law anniversary

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — No one has sped his or her own death by ingesting lethal medication in the first year Vermont's aid-in-dying law has been in effect. Officials say two people have requested and received the medications, but both died of other causes before taking them.

Supporters say the law is serving its purpose by giving people peace of mind and the knowledge that they have a choice in the final weeks of their lives.

The opposition group True Dignity of Vermont is promoting a toll-free number and email address for people to contact if they believe the law is being abused. The group says it has heard from two clinical psychologists who reported patients had told them suicide was more acceptable following passage of the law.

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