Euthanasia Group Promotes Mexico as Destination for Getting Suicide Drugs

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 21, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Euthanasia Group Promotes Mexico as Destination for Getting Suicide Drugs

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 21
, 2008

Mexico City, Mexico ( — Euthanasia advocates worldwide are promoting Mexico as a destination to obtain drugs that elderly people or terminally ill patients can use to kill themselves. A Mexico newspaper said at least 200 people from English-speaking countries have traveled there since 2001 to end their lives.

Exit International, a pro-euthanasia group from Australia, is behind the effort to promote the use of animal euthanasia drugs in Mexico to kill people.

"On the basis of Exit research, the best places to visit are the 20-odd (US-Mexico) border crossings, from Tijuana in California through to Matamoros on the Gulf of Mexico," the group says on its web site.

The euthanasia group is promoting the use of nembutal, saying it is widely, cheaply and legally available, not only in Mexico but in many other South American countries."

"Throughout Mexico veterinary Nembutal is available for between 20 and 40 US dollars per 100ml bottle," Exit says. "One only needs to know the location of a veterinary supplier and the labeling in use at that location."

An article in the Reforma newspaper indicates Don Flounders, a 78 year-old Australia resident, recently obtained the drug at a pharmacy in Tijuana with a sign outside advertising "articles for Australians."

In a recent assisted suicide case, two women are accused of getting the drug from the nation and giving it to a man to use to kill himself.

As early as March 2006, Philip Nitschke, the Australian Dr. Death, talked about people going to Mexico to get the drug to use in killing themselves.

“They want to know if they can join a group that is going to Mexico to buy their own death drug and bring it back to Australia so they have that particular option sitting in their own cupboard," he told the Sunshine Coast Daily.