DEATH Row suicide drugs are being offered online to teens in the UK.
The drug, Nembutal, is illegal for human use in Britain but can be purchased through the internet.
Sick websites are preying on vulnerable children by selling a half-price discount for 0 to 19-year-olds on the drug used to execute prisoners on Death Row.
One promotion even features a “lethal dose calculator” based on age – as low as 15 – and weight, the Daily Mirror reported.
Sellers boat of a “fast and discreet” delivery by post to UK households.
Just 10 grams of Nembutal is enough to induce respiratory arrest and cause death within a matter of minutes.
Many websites lie that they are endorsed by pro-euthanasia organisations like assisted suicide campaign group Exit International.
A number of inquests have heard how victims bought drugs online from overseas.
An inquest in 2013 heard how Isobel Narayan, 16, killed herself with the Death Row execution drug she had researched online on suicide forums and acquired by post.
She was said to have suffered a “crisis of confidence” a month before her death and even typed up a list of reasons why she should kill herself. She later drank a lethal concoction of the drug – mixed with a mouthwash before going to bed.
The A-level student, from Didsbury, Manchester, was found dead the next day by her devastated parents.
Manchester Coroner Nigel Meadows said it was a “matter of public concern” she was able to obtain the drug.
In 2017 Dhuha Al-Nader, 25, died on the day she was due a visit from a mental health crisis team having taken Nembutal that she bought on the Dark Web.
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Pentobarbital is a Class B drug under UK law.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “It is unlawful to supply, possess, produce, import or export a Class A, B or C drug without the appropriate authority. Law enforcement agencies are working with internet providers to shut down UK-based websites found to be committing these offences.”
Exit International’s founder Dr Philip Nitschke, known as Dr Death after he carried out the world’s first legal assisted suicides in the 1990s, warned many of the sites are scams.
He told the Mirror: “These sites are slick with convincing testimonials – but their business model is simply to take cash and do nothing. It causes a lot of panic and pain.”
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123, or visit Mind’s website.
YOU'RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123