Tijuana: gateway to paradise

Perched on the border of Mexico and the United States, Tijuana is major drug hub for exporting cocaine to the United States. But at least 200 Australians have paid a visit looking for a different drug, Nembutol. This concoction is used for putting animals down and is the drug of choice for Australian euthanasia fans. It is restricted in most countries, but in Mexico it can easily be obtained from veterinarians. Veteran euthanasia activist Dr Philip Nitschke, the head of Exit International, has been promoting visits to Mexico by his members to pick up the lethal potion. In an interview with the newspaper Reforma Nitschke says that he first visited Mexico in 2001 and has since gone six times to Mexicali, Ciudad Juárez y Nuevo Laredo, as well as Tijuana, in search of Nembutol.

Mexican veterinary pharmacists are very obliging, according to Don Flounders, a 78-year-old Australian, who went to Tijuana. “The three shop assistants in the three veterinary pharmacies I visited couldn’t have been more helpful or obliging,” he told La Reforma. One store actually had a sign in the window which advertised “articles for Australians”.

Last year Mr Flounders was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a fatal lung condition. He wanted to stock up on Nembutol just in case he decides to end his life quietly and without suffering. After relating what he had done on Australian television, police raided his home, but found nothing. ~ Sydney Morning Herald, May 20; La Manana, May 19

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