Take Action
Plan Your Care
About Us
C&C Magazine

Understanding Medical Aid in Dying

What Is Medical Aid in Dying?

Medical aid in dying allows terminally ill adults to request and receive a prescription for medication that they may choose to take to bring about a peaceful death. To qualify, one must be mentally capable, able to self-administer the medication and have a prognosis of six months or less to live. Eight jurisdictions currently authorize medical aid in dying: California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, Washington state, Hawai‘i and Washington, D.C. Things to consider about this option:

  • For some people, simply having the prescription brings comfort whether or not they use it.
  • This option can be used at home.


Information about medical aid in dying for individuals and doctors a general fact sheet.

Video on medical aid in dying provides information on medical aid in dying for people with terminal illness.

Medical Aid in Dying Tracking Sheet a C&C tool to help individual’s track their medical aid in dying process.

Fact sheets on medical aid in dying visit this webpage to learn more about medical aid in dying.

State Specific Information Packets

Compassion & Choices’ state-specific end-of-life information packets including introductions to medical aid in dying laws:

California                    Montana

Oregon                       Vermont

Washington               Colorado 

Hawai‘i       District of Columbia

State Resources

Visit the state heath department websites for information on aid-in-dying laws and forms.

California a link to the California Department of Public Health’s page on the End of Life Option Act.  The End of Life Option Act website also has helpful materials and information about the state law.

Oregon a link to the Oregon Health Authority page on Death with Dignity.                 

Vermont a link to the Vermont Department of Health page on the Patient Choice and Control at the End of Life act.     

Colorado  a link to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment page on the End-of-Life Option Act.

Hawai‘i a link to the Our Care, Our Choice Act

District of Columbia a link to the Department of Health page on the Death with Dignity Act


Compassion & Choices’ End-of-Life Consultation program (EOLC) provides information on the full range of options at the end of life. EOLC, and representatives of EOLC, do not provide medical or legal advice. We simply inform individuals of the available options.