A Place To Die On Your Terms

by J-Stacknik

Within ten minutes of ingesting the lethal overdose mixed with juice, the person falls asleep. Death occurs about twenty minutes later.

With Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne talking about ending their lives in a suicide pact if either of them contract Alzheimer’s, a disease her father died of, making headlines, it has put the spotlight on the suicide flat Dignitas in Zurich, Switzerland.

Dignitas was founded in 1998 by Ludwig A. Minelli, a Swiss lawyer. The laws in Switzerland state that people who assist in assisted suicide can only be prosecuted if they are motivated by self-interest. There is a screening process involved to the point that just before the lethal overdose is given the person is once again reminded that taking this overdose will surely kill them.

It is a peaceful process involving an oral dose of an anti-emetic drug which prevents nausea, followed approximately thirty minutes later by a lethal overdose of powdered Nembutal dissolved in a glass of water or juice. The Nembutal depresses the central nervous system, causing the person to become drowsy and fall asleep within 10 minutes of drinking it.

Once widely available in the United States as a sleep aid, Nembutal is a barbiturate that is used primarily today to euthanize pets. However this “death in a bottle” is freely available in Mexico and many people from around the world are visiting Mexico to buy this drug so they can end their own lives when they want to.

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