Assisted suicide bill introduced in Nevada Senate

Terminally ill patients could voluntarily end their lives with doctor-prescribed medication under a bill introduced Monday in the Nevada Senate.

Senate Bill 261, introduced by Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, allows a patient over 18 years old to request life-ending drugs if their conditions are terminal and likely to result in death within six months. At least two doctors would have to verify the diagnosis.

The patient must be a Nevada resident and mentally competent to make the life-ending decision. It would also require the patient be able to self-administer the drugs.

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