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Dr Philip Nitschke, an Australian physician known as Dr Death for his enthusiastic promotion of a person's right to take his own life, is selling euthanasia kits to his contacts in the UK for £35.
He believes that the UK is a suitable place to run a trial of the kits, which he has been developing in his laboratory.

However, these actions have raised concerns that healthy elderly and vulnerable people may end up killing themselves in the belief that they have become a burden to their families.

Last autumn, Nitschke's organisation, Exit International, provoked uproar in the UK when it held workshops giving people advice on how they could end their lives. The event was reported to have been well attended.

Exit continues to provoke further controversy with its plans to sell the barbiturate-testing kits. They explained in the latest issue of its magazine Deliverance, how they created a purpose-built laboratory to test "end-of-life options". The article says: "Calibration of the chemicals involved is essential so that those using the test will be certain that the drugs they test will give them a peaceful and reliable death.

The kit is scheduled for release in the UK in May and will be available internationally shortly after that.

Doctor Death says he is launching the kit in response to growing demand. Exit's website carries links to a Mexico-based supplier of lethal barbiturates that are delivered in the post without labels. "These drugs don't come with labels, so people want to have confidence in what they are buying," Nitschke said. "They want to be sure they have the right concentration."

Nitschke plans to sell the kits, which have chemicals that change colour when mixed with lethal barbiturates, for about £35 and further promote Exit's new online DIY suicide workshop.

The reason they decided to launch in the UK was because the country has enlightened attitude; many of the things that can be done in the UK are banned in Australia.

What is interesting is that both groups that oppose and groups that promote euthanasia want to stop Nitschke from selling his kits in the UK. The answer is not in DIY kits or books, but in a fully safeguarded law that protects the vulnerable and gives terminally ill adults the choice of an assisted death, said Sarah Wootton, chief executive of Dignity in Dying, which campaigns for a change in the law on euthanasia. "Regrettably, without such a law, activism like this is likely to continue.”


I am totally against euthanasia. I can understand why people would desire perfect health and immortality, but I have a hard time understanding why people would want to kill themselves.