After pressing the button for a third time, the Machine delivered a lethal dose of the barbiturate, Nembutal. The Deliverance Machine (now in the British Science Museum) enabled these four people to die peacefully and with dignity under a brand new law.
My experience of legal, assisted suicide taught me that the drug Sodium Pentobarbital - commonly known as Nembutal - provides one of the most peaceful death imaginable. And it almost never fails. That is why it is used in countries like the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia and the US States (eg. Oregon) where assisted dying is lawful.
In countries where there are no end of life laws, the means of achieving a peaceful death is next to impossible. The rationale of governments is that if people are kept in a state of complete ignorance, they should live longer and happier lives. Not true!
In my experience, once people have access to information that empowers and enables informed decisions - choices - to be made, they stop worrying. Knowledge about one’s end of life choices is empowering. It is this empowerment that promotes a longer, happier life. Not ignorance.
The Peaceful Pill eHandbook has been created to provide accurate, up-to-date information about practical end of life methods. This is not a theory book. This is a practical guidebook. The online medium is the perfect format for disseminating information in this fast-changing field.
The Peaceful Pill eHandbook is published in the United States where freedom of speech is enshrined in this country’s Bill of Rights. Of course, the eHandbook also covers some grey areas of the law. However, it is the Constitutional protections offered by the First Amendment that allow these issues to be canvassed.