updated 9/8/2009 1:37:47 PM ET 2009-09-08T17:37:47

An advocacy group says 11 patients used medications to end their lives during the first six months of Washington state's assisted suicide law.

The group Compassion and Choices of Washington says another five patients received medication but died without using it.

Dr. Tom Preston, medical director of the group, says the figures show the law is working as it should. He says the use of the act has been safe, legal and rare.

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