Local News in Brief : Hemlock Society Moves

The Hemlock Society, a right-to-die organization, announced that it has relocated its national headquarters from Los Angeles to Eugene, Ore., and sent organizers to Washington state and Florida.

The group, which celebrates its eighth anniversary this month, says it has 25,000 members in 35 chapters nationwide.

Hemlock Society Executive Director Derek Humphry said the organization believes it can serve its members better from Eugene, where it has a larger office and reorganized staff.

The Hemlock Society advocates doctor-assisted suicide for the terminally ill, if they so choose.

Humphry said 15,000 copies of “Let Me Die Before I Wake,” a book published by the group, are sold each year. “What better indication that dying persons often wish to consider auto-euthanasia as an escape from suffering,” he said.