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.

One brand name for this drug is Nembutal, best known as the only injectable form of pentobarbital used for executions of convicted criminals (USA) and for euthanasia of humans (high dose) and animals.

Philip Nitschke Nembutal

Hundreds risk jail to import illegal drug

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 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.

Purchasing Nembutal Online

In Australia, it is illegal (import or possess) to purchase any form of Nembutal.

There are many reports of internet scams from Australian’s  who have lost hundreds of dollars trying to buy Nembutal online.

There are also major concerns about the quality of product coming from countries like China and Mexico.

Peaceful Pill

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

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.


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