The Peaceful Pill eHandbook The Inorganic Salts Controversy
In September 2017, when the Dutch group Coöperatie Laatste Wil (CLW) announced that they had discovered a legal, effective end of life agent called ‘Middel X’ (later identified as sodium azide), Exit was examining the potential human use of a newly- promoted humane pig poison, sodium nitrite.
Exit openly discussed this salt at workshops. Unfortunately, some mistakenly believed that the ‘Middel X’ referred to by CLW was sodium nitrite. In this confusion, a 19 year-old Dutch girl, Ximena Knoll, ended her life with sodium nitrite in early 2019. Ximena’s parents claimed that she had been influenced by the public discussion over ‘Middel X’.
In May 2020 the Dutch Public Prosecution service decided to take no further action against CLW over their newsletter publication providing details of ‘Middel X’.
The Medical Profession Condemns the Use of the Salts In 2019, the Dutch medical journal, NTvG, published an editorial and two articles on the use of the lethal salts. In the cover story, ‘The Rise & Fall of Agent X’ journalist, Stella Braam, examined CLW’s promotion of sodium azide as a useful suicide powder, writing:
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 suicide agent and claimed ‘the mechanism