BURLINGTON (AP) - A Middlebury man is the first to request a lethal prescription under Vermont's new Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Law.

Forty-seven-year-old Jason Saltman died Nov. 22 before picking up the medication, according to his sister, Laura Saltman.

Laura Saltman said that her brother had stomach cancer and was suffering from increasing pain near the end.

She said he planned to pick up the medication on Nov. 22, a Friday, but died early that morning before getting it.

The law, which took effect in May, allows terminally ill patients with less than six months to live to hasten their deaths.