‘A fatal case by a suicide kit containing sodium nitrite ordered on the Internet’ - July 2020 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1752928X20300962
This work presents the first case described in the literature of a suicide by sodium nitrite after ordering a ‘suicide kit’ on the internet.
Searching on the internet some websites advertise that: i) sodium nitrite offers a number of features that make it an ideal human euthanasia agent. It is cheap, breaks down readily in the environment; ii) this is the secret powder to help old people who have a fulfilled life who are not terminally ill and want to die in a peaceful way. Only 2gm of the powder are needed.
Besides sodium cyanide and sodium azide, sodium nitrite due to its availability, preparation, un-detectability, speed. This case also reveals the danger and the importance of preventing and fighting existing suicide support networks over the internet, which allow the purchase of ‘suicide kits’.