Post by Pallas Palti Psychopomp
According to a recent story I read, you can legally obtain a lethal
amount of liquid pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal) if you are dying of a
terminal illness and meet certain qualifications. The price? About
Threre is a product called Pentosol that is used to put down dogs. It
is a liquid combination of pentobarbital sodium and a muscle-relaxer.
The price that a Vet would pay for a quantity that would kill several
people is under $50.00, but you'd need to have a prescription for it.
Here's the link:
"Let's have a closer look at the Mexico option. That's where a
70-year-old fit and healthy Melbourne business woman I spoke with last
week went to shore up her end-of-life options. "In this climate you
need to do something about it while you're well," she explains.
"I'm an organised person and so I decided to go to Tijuana and buy
myself some peace of mind just in case I get struck down by some
God-awful disease. I want control over the end of my life and I
certainly don't want to be dependent on the kindness of strangers."
"She can't be named because she doesn't want police searching her
house for the bottle of Nembutal that she smuggled back into Australia.
It is a Class 1 drug and so as well as breaking customs laws both here
and in the US, it is also illegal to possess it in Australia. Known as
the "green dream", it's the drug vets use to put down animals. It
was once prescribed as a sleeping pill to humans but was taken off the
market in 1998. It is the "holy grail" for those bent on suicide.
It is used at the Swiss clinic and was the drug Nitschke used in the NT
when voluntary euthanasia was legal.
"Hearing this rational and clearly healthy woman explain her drug run
into Mexico is sobering. "I flew to LA and stayed overnight at the
airport hotel," she says. "I'd pre-booked and paid for a shopping
tour into Tijuana so I was set to go when the tour bus picked me up at
8am the day after I landed.
"'The trip took about three hours and then we were let off to do our
shopping. I hired an English-speaking taxi driver and asked him to take
me to a veterinary supply shop. I had some photos of the kind of shops
I wanted and he drove for six minutes then pulled up outside a very
dodgy-looking pet shop on some back street. I went in, showed the
fellow behind the counter a photocopy of a picture of a bottle of
Nembutal and asked for it. The guy imitated going to sleep so he got my
drift immediately. He charged me $20 for the bottle; I checked the
seals were intact and then I left. I put the bottle in my make-up bag
and went on my way."' Her bag was X-rayed at the US-Mexican border
but nothing was detected. She was dropped back at her hotel by the tour
bus at 8pm. She shows me the Nembutal. It is still in its original
brown bottle with a red stopper. She has scraped the label off and
replaced it with her own. It reads "Nembutal - Poison". There's
just the right amount to kill her. "I deserve to have that bottle of
Nembutal because I am organised," she says."
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Again ... I live an hour and a half out of TJ and have been there many
times. There are a number of things that don't jive with this story.
First ... there aren't many veterinarians in Mexico ... none at all
that I know of in Tijuana. I've never heard of nor seen a veterinary
supply store. I saw one pet store ONCE. Second, 95% of pharmacies
won't sell you ANY controlled substance without a prescription. Third,
price. There would have to be at LEAST a 200% mark-up. I do not
believe a mexican "veterinary pharmacist" would be able to obtain ten
grams of Nembutal for $10.
Also, American Customs agents are VERY strict about bringing
medications across from Mexico. I can't believe a metal seal on a
glass bottle wouldn't attract their attention on x-ray, though
IF Nembutal was available in Mexico--especially TJ--don't you think
we'd know about it? Don't you think our pharmacy in San Isidro would
know about it?
And lastly ... even if all of the above is true about how the bottle
was acquired ... I give odds of less than 3% that the contents of that
bottle are nembutal. If she's lucky, it's water.
My opinion only, for what it's worth.