Dutch suicide group is dangerous and the Dutch media is irresponsible

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

A week ago I reported that a man (known only as Alex  S.) was arrested for assisting multiple suicides in Eindhoven Netherlands. I wrote that the NL Times had reported that the 28-year-old man sold suicide powder to at least 6 people who died.

I also published an article about Randy Knol, the father of Ximena, the 19-year-old who died in February 2018 by ingesting the suicide powder known as “Substance X.” I explained that for the past three years Randy has been working to get the lethal powder banned.

After I published the article, Randy and I had the opportunity to communicate online. Randy explained how the group – Cooperative Last Will – has been promoting the suicide powder and how websites are selling the suicide powder for profit.

Randy sent me several links to websites that provide the suicide powder. These websites lie about its intended use to avoid problems with selling the suicide powder.

If selling suicide powder online doesn’t concern you, consider a person living with mental illness and suicidal ideation,  or a 19-year-old temporarily struggling with life.

The Dutch media is also irresponsible. 

An article published by Eindhoven news not only reports on the arrest of Alex S. but also promotes Cooperative Last Will.

Last week Randy told RTL news that: 

“We urge anyone who has purchased this drug not to use it. Its use is inhumane, slow and painful. Please take it to a pharmacy for destruction,” warns Randy. 

He is calling for a ban. “We’ve done a lot of research on the drug on behalf of the [Ximena’s Vlinder] foundation, and it’s horrific.”

Randy’s goal is to protect others from a death, similar to Ximena’s. You can learn more about Randy’s campaign to ban “Substance X” and to donate to the campaign

Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.