Every year for at least the past decade, about 100 Oregonians aged 65 and older have killed themselves — enough to place the state well above the nation’s elder suicide rate and fourth among states, all in the West, with the highest rates.
In Oregon and across the nation, suicide rates are highest among older adults — especially older men — and escalate sharply after age 65. But Oregon, for reasons that are not altogether clear, follows only Nevada, Wyoming and Alaska in 2003 for having high concentrations of suicide among its most senior citizens. The suicide in question is not the doctor-assisted variety.
Oregon officials, anticipating the wave of baby boomers approaching their vulnerable years, on Monday responded with an effort to hold down the suicide rate. Their plan, two years in the making, outlines ways groups can work together to promote awareness of suicide’s danger to older citizens.
So if the state does it then it is okay, but I guess they want to crack down on the do-it-yourself-ers. And of course the Oregonian never mentions the state-assisted suicide law in the article as it tries to analyze the reasons for the increase.