Pentobarbital is in a group of drugs called barbiturates. Pentobarbital slows the activity of your brain and nervous system.

Pentobarbital is used short-term to treat insomnia. Pentobarbital is also used as an emergency treatment for seizures, and to cause you to fall asleep for surgery.

Philip Nitschke Nembutal

Hundreds risk jail to import illegal drug promoted by euthanasia campaigners

Nembutal drug promoted by euthanasia campaigners as a peaceful way to die is easily being illegally imported into Australia.

Known as the “peaceful pill”, barbiturate Nembutal is promoted by the euthanasia movement as the best and most peaceful way to end your life.

Most have bought the illicit drug online from China, a country that in the last two years has come to dominate the market.

The drug kills within an hour of being consumed.

“There are very few lethal drugs and the best lethal drug is Nembutal,” euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke told a recent workshop.

“I’ve been with a lot of people who have died using this drug, it just seemed to get into to a deeper and deeper sleep and then finally stop breathing.

“And for those watching they see this as the most peaceful of deaths, it certainly looks to be.

“Be careful, because it’s illegal.”

The penalty for importing or possessing Nembutal is a prison sentence or a fine of up to $825,000.

Dr Nitschke says hundreds of Australians have illegally brought the drug into the country over the past couple of years.

The Australian Federal Police has seized almost 15 kilograms of the drug since 2007, but so far, no one has been convicted.

If you or someone you know requires help you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, visit Beyond Blue or young people can visit Headspace.

Purchasing Nembutal Online

Members of Peaceful Pill eHandbook can access information about purchasing Nembutal online and strategies to help keep you safe.

Strategies including:

  • TOR ‘onion routing’ software to ensure online anonymity
  • Using Bitcoins : The new currency for online financial transactions.
  • Using the anonymous ‘Silk Road’ marketplace & other websites to obtain Nembutal.

Cost (ball park): One bottle of the drug costs $US350 ($540) or $US450 for two bottles.

The latest version advises on the best new locations to buy Nembutal, including Peru, Bolivia, Bangkok and Beijing.


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