A single solid pill for a peaceful death has been developed by Exit International.
The pill (pictured) that is made from a stable inert form of the barbiturate Nembutal has been developed for long term storage and transport. To use the pill to achieve a peaceful death, the pill is altered into the soluble active drug and reconstituted as a small drink.
Speaking from Darwin, Exit Director Dr Philip Nitschke said that this development offered the possibility of storage of the best end of life drug for several decades, with reliable reconstitution possible at anytime.
"Previously, people could only obtain the drug in liquid form from overseas and this presented difficulties in transportation and storage. The developed "pill" is much smaller, weighs only 10gm and is easy to safely store and transport.
"Exit believes that ALL seniors of sound mind should have the option of a peaceful death at the time of THEIR choosing should this be their wish - this Exit Pill will go some way to ensuring this"
An activation kit with the chemicals for reconstitution and a test kit to check the strength of the resulting product are nearing completion and will be made available by Exit International by mail order in 2010.
Dr Nitschke will release news of these new developments in Canada next week when he begins a public meeting and workshop tour of the West coast of the US and Canada.
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