November 9, 2001 |
A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a federal order aimed at thwarting Oregon's assisted suicide law. U.S. District Judge Robert Jones granted the temporary restraining order requested by Oregon Atty. Gen. Hardy Myers, three terminally ill patients and others. The order is in effect until Nov. 20. "There is no showing that the U.S. would be irreparably impaired by a temporary stay of the [U.S.] attorney general's action," Jones said.
November 7, 2001 |
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft on Tuesday directed U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents to go after Oregon doctors in assisted-suicide cases, saying it is against federal law to dispense or use controlled medications to help a terminally ill patient die. The move by Ashcroft, a strident critic of assisted suicide, was aimed at overruling an Oregon law that allows doctors to help patients who want to hasten their deaths.
November 18, 2009 |
The number of soldier suicides this year is almost sure to top last year's total, but a recent decline in the pace of such incidents could mean the Army is starting to make progress in stemming them, officials said. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the Army's vice chief of staff, said 140 active-duty soldiers were thought to have died of self-inflicted wounds so far in 2009. That's the same as were confirmed for all of 2008. But, Chiarelli said, there has been a tapering off in recent months from large surges in suspected suicides in January and February.
January 14, 2009 |
More active-duty Marines committed suicide last year than any year since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, although the suicide rate remained virtually unchanged because the Marine Corps is increasing in size, according to a report issued Tuesday. Forty-one Marines are listed as possible or confirmed suicides in 2008, or 16.8 per 100,000 troops, the Marine Corps report said. Nearly all were enlisted and under 24, and about two-thirds had deployed overseas.
November 7, 1991 |
The narrow defeat of a Washington state euthanasia initiative did little to tone down the growing national debate over physician-assisted dying, the focus of which shifted Wednesday to a California plan to put the issue on the November, 1992, ballot. Proponents of the Washington initiative, which would have allowed doctors to help terminally ill patients end their lives, expressed optimism because the measure failed by as few votes as it did.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2002 |
County officials want to give the Sacramento sheriff responsibility for medical and mental health services in the jail after a rash of inmate suicides. The overhaul would give Sheriff Lou Blanas control of all medical care in the jail. Coroner E. Paul Smith, who now oversees medical care, supports the plan. Blanas backed the plan after seven suicides and eight other reported attempts at the downtown jail this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2005 |
A severed foot found at a Topanga Canyon landfill site apparently belonged to a man who committed suicide by jumping off a freeway bridge 45 miles away, authorities said Tuesday. A 30-year-old Paramount man jumped from an overpass of the 91 Freeway onto the 605 Freeway in Cerritos on Saturday, said Lt. Larry Dietz of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The coroner's report said the man was struck by at least one vehicle and suffered massive injuries.
December 13, 2007 |
The parents of an Iraq war veteran who committed suicide and members of Congress on Wednesday questioned why there was not a comprehensive tracking system of suicide among veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Mike Bowman of Forreston, Ill., said his son, Spc. Timothy Bowman, 23, was a member of the "unknown fallen" not counted in statistics. His son, a member of the Illinois National Guard, took his own life in 2005 eight months after returning from the war.
May 30, 2008 |
Army soldiers committed suicide in 2007 at the highest rate on record: At least 115 soldiers killed themselves last year, up from 102 in 2006. Nearly a third died at the battlefront -- 32 in Iraq and four in Afghanistan. But 26% had never deployed to either conflict. The Army attributed the increase to long, multiple deployments, exposure to war's violence, easy access to loaded weapons and a busy military force. The Army is the only service to release annual figures on suicides.
June 19, 2006 |
Suicide rates have dropped in the United States since newer so-called SSRI antidepressant drugs were introduced, researchers said Monday. The report, published in the journal Public Library of Science Medicine, raises questions about whether SSRIs raise the risk of suicide as some studies have suggested. Use of SSRIs to treat depression has saved more than 30,000 lives, according to the study.