Suicide organization admits doing ‘suicide’ events for couples

In fact, in a statement concerning the sisters’ deaths, Philip Nitschke, the director of Exit International stated, “Exit International believes that all rational adults should have access to a peaceful death at the time of their choosing. This is a fundamental right, one that is not determined by the degree of sickness or suffering.”

However, the peaceful death patients are promised may actually turn out to end up with excruciating pain. Exit uses the drug pentobarbital, which is used for anesthesia before surgery — but in high doses can cause respiratory arrest. It is recommended to be administered slowly at 0.05g per minute. But during assisted suicide and euthanasia, it is administered as quickly as 9g per minute.

F. Hanna Campbell, an engineer specializing in neuropsychiatric at AI Therapeutics, says this is a big concern.

According to Campbell, there are warnings that the drug at such a dose would cause gangrene and joint pain throughout the body, as well as tissue irritation. Because pentobarbital does not reach the central nervous system immediately, there is a risk that those being killed by the drug are suffering pain before they die. Campbell also noted that this drug and others used in euthanasia are not capable of causing death or brain death within even an hour of administration, and that doctors who take part in assisted suicide and euthanasia are misleading patients.