Lethal Inorganic Salts The Medical Profession Condemns the Use of the Salts
In mid 2019, the Dutch medical journal NTvG published an editorial and two articles on the use of the lethal salts. The cover story, ‘The Rise & Fall of Agent X’ by journalist, Stella Braam, examined CLW’s promotion of sodium azide as a useful suicide powder. However, instead of maintaining a professional and impartial journalist approach, Braam delivered a patronising condemnation of the group. She wrote ‘they (CLW) are enthusiastic amateurs, blinded by enthusiasm and pressured by supporters’.
An accompanying article in the same NTvG edition, ‘Auto- Intoxication with ‘Suicide Powder’’, examined the use of sodium nitrite as a potential a suicide agent. Here the authors (all doctors) were even more critical, claiming ‘the mechanism of death is suffocation, and because of the unbearable symptoms, sodium nitrite is an extremely unsuitable suicide agent’.