By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
This is a difficult topic to write about knowing that this information may lead to depressed people obtaining suicide drugs online. Euthanasia activist, Philip Nitschke, has been selling suicide information, devices and drugs, online, for years.
A recent article published by The Sun newspaper concerns school kids buying online, lethal death row drugs to die by suicide.
This is not only a phenomenon in the UK but it is a world-wide tragedy and it is not new. I have written about this problem on several occasions. Exit International may also have set-up a suicide promotion website in Canada.
An inquest in 2013 heard how Isobel Narayan, 16, killed herself with the Death Row execution drug she had researched online on suicide forums and acquired by post.
She was said to have suffered a “crisis of confidence” a month before her death and even typed up a list of reasons why she should kill herself. She later drank a lethal concoction of the drug – mixed with a mouthwash before going to bed.
The A-level student, from Didsbury, Manchester, was found dead the next day by her devastated parents.
Manchester Coroner Nigel Meadows said it was a “matter of public concern” she was able to obtain the drug.
It concerns me that the Sun article also promotes Nitschke.
Nitschke is referring to websites that take money from people without sending the lethal drugs, the article misconstrues his comment as condemning websites, like his, who will sell suicide to anyone.
Nitschke makes money by selling suicide. He calls it freedom, when in fact he is ending the freedom to live for depressed people, including teens.
Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.