The supporters would have you believe that there have been no complaints, but clearly the Washington and Oregon laws are a recipe for elder abuse. The most obvious reason is due to a lack of oversight when the lethal dose is administered. For example, the law does not require a witness at the time of death; the death occurs in private. With this situation, the opportunity is created for an heir, or for another person who will benefit from the patient’s death, to administer the lethal dose to the patient without their consent. Even if the patient struggled, who would know? We note that the state health departments in Oregon and Washington do not ask about abuse, monitor for abuse or issue any reports on abuse.