October 29, 2014 - Steubenville Times Herald
By: Rita L. Marker
Imagine that you are standing in line at your supermarket pharmacy. As you wait to pick up your prescription, you overhear the pharmacist explaining to the person ahead of you, "Mix all of this into a sweet beverage and drink it very quickly to cause death."
Unimaginable? No. That type of prescription has been available in Oregon since 1997.
In early October, Brittany Maynard, a beautiful 29-year-old with terminal brain cancer, announced plans to end her life by taking a massive, lethal dose of drugs prescribed by an Oregon physician. She selected November 1 as the day she would die, although, she said, that could change.
If she does carry out her plan, she will become one of the more than 40,000 people who commit suicide each year in the United States.