Thursday, February 8, 2018

pain post

D.  The Oregon Statistics Provide Little, If Any, Support for the Idea That the Passage Is Needed Due to Physical Pain

I am not aware of any case in which Oregon’s law has been used for physical pain.  According to Oregon’s most recent annual report, there were 47 people who died under the law in 2016 who expressed the following concern:

Inadequate pain control or concern about it. (Emphasis added).[63]

With use of the word, “or,” the total number of persons who had inadequate pain control could be zero.  In the alterative, the total number could be as high as 47.
If, for the purpose of argument, all 47 had inadequate pain control, this would be 47 people out of approximately 35,000 deaths in Oregon, which is far less than one percent (.127%) and/or not statistically significant.[64]
The Oregon statistics provide little, if any, support for the idea that passage of the bill is needed due to physical pain.  The argument is not supported by the evidence.