[Right_to_die] The Mexico Connection
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Tue May 20 13:16:06 PDT 2008
Agence France Presse reports
Mexico attracting foreigners seeking euthanasia: report
MEXICO CITY (AFP) — At least 200 terminally-ill people from Australia,
Britain, New Zealand and the United States have visited Mexico since
2001 to buy a cheap, widely available euthanasia drug, a newspaper has said.
The Mexican newspaper Reform cited Exit International, a pro-euthanasia
non-profit organization from Australia that promotes Mexico as a
destination for patients seeking to end their lives.
"On the basis of Exit research, the best places to visit are the 20-odd
(US-Mexico) border crossings, from Tijuana in California through to
Matamoros on the Gulf of Mexico," the group says on its website.
The organization says that, nembutal, a drug usually used to put down
animals, is "widely, cheaply and legally available, not only in Mexico
but in many other South American countries."
"Throughout Mexico veterinary Nembutal is available for between 20 and
40 US dollars per 100ml bottle," it says. "One only needs to know the
location of a veterinary supplier and the labelling in use at that
The Reforma article features Don Flounders, a 78-year-old British-born
retiree with a deadly form of cancer who traveled from Australia to the
Pacific coast town of Tijuana to get the medicine.
Flounders told the newspaper that he found a veterinary pharmacy that
had a sign advertising "articles for Australians."
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