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The Status of the DIY Peaceful Pill
At the current time, there is a handful of groups in Australia at work on the DIY Peaceful Pill.
While the Exit laboratory has concentrated on storage techniques - that is the conversion of liquid Nembutal to a solid form for long shelf-life - utilising Nembutal that was legally obtained in the Northern Territory in the 1990s - others are watched in their continuing work.
Exit fully hopes that these groups fulfill their aims. News will be posted on this site when it becomes available.
The Single Shot Peaceful Pill
In 2007, a small group of Exit International members gathered in Queensland to trial the "Single Shot" coffee pot pressure vessel for the manufacture of the euthanasia Peaceful Pill.
The equipment was developed by members in South Australia and used small quantities of ingredients to make a single Peaceful Pill in a process that takes less than 24 hours and can be carried out in the kitchen. A description of the Single Shot process can be seen on Youtube.com (below).
This development followed the pioneering work of a group of 20 Exit members who set out in 2005. Dubbed the 'Peanut Project', the goal of the original group was to synthesis a lethal barbiturate mixture. An early commercial assay analysis of the synthesised barbiturate crystals was carried out using GC/MS techniques in early 2007, providing the pioneer group with encouragement for their endeavours.
Other groups have since moved beyond the initial project, improving the methodology and outcomes.
Details of this process have produced a series of 'Betty teaching videos' which are included in The Peaceful Pill eHandbook, along with appropriate discussion of the legal and safety considerations. An example of one of these videos, "Betty cooks with Sodium" is shown below.
Australia's premiere investigative current affairs program - ABC 4 Corners - featured Exit's R&D in an episode by Janine Cohen titled Final Call which screened in May 2007.