Video guide to suicide is shown on television
- By: Deborah Josefson
A video on how to commit suicide is being shown on public access cable television in Oregon, United States, sparking widespread controversy. The 34 minute video describes the most effective means of committing suicide and lists the most useful suicide drugs with required dosages and in order of potency.
Tips on how to obtain the required drugs illegally are included, and recipes for a lethal but palatable “drug pudding” are given. Viewers are also shown how to wear a mask or plastic bag to ensure adequate suffocation.
The video is the brainchild of Derek Humphry, a veteran British journalist, founder of the Hemlock Society (a US “right to die” organisation), and author of the book Final Exit, a guide to taking one's life for terminally ill people.
It is being shown on a non-profit, public cable television channel in Springfield and Eugene, Oregon, the only state in the United States