I was contacted by one of our supporters last week who voiced concern regarding a post in which I mentioned that people were contacting us for more information about the “Mexican drug” Avron used to hasten his death.
Her concerns were valid and appreciated. I promised I’d do a post on purchasing drugs from overseas and the dangers attached thereto. This is that post.
It wasn’t a “Mexican drug” that Avron purchased. It was just that it was easier to obtain via Mexico than anywhere else.
A typical response to a request from someone asking for details about the drug would read as follows:
“Regarding your query as to the drug Avron used and how he obtained it, it would be remiss of me not to warn you that it is extremely dangerous to order drugs online, for various reasons. Firstly, you could get into trouble with the law, as it is illegal to smuggle narcotics into the country.
Secondly and perhaps more importantly for someone desperate to die, the drugs could leave you in a worse state than what you are currently in. You could fall into a coma and vomit half of the drug out, leaving just enough in your system to render you paralysed or worse.
We do not know exactly who Avron ordered the drugs from, but please be warned that scams abound:
- drugs are ordered and paid for and not delivered (US$ 700)
- the drug is not the real deal
- the drug is impure or watered down
It’s very, very risky. Avron got lucky.
If you are terminally ill and serious about wanting to end your suffering, could I rather recommend that you allow our legal team to put together an urgent application to the High Court for the right to an assisted death?
Their draft documents are already complete (thanks to Avron) and you would only need to obtain some medical reports before they would be ready to lodge an application. This way, you could hopefully be granted the right to a safe, legal and gentle death and, at the same time, assist our cause and make legal history.
Our legal team are kindly working pro bono but there is likely to be a bill for disbursements of approximately ZAR 5000. We are looking at establishing a Fund for legal fees for those who are unable to afford it.”
The only country one can go to in order to receive an assisted death, legally, is Switzerland – an organisation called Dignitas. It’s a very laborious process, requiring many, many legal forms and medical reports and also costs a small fortune (around ZAR 200k). These costs include airfares, disposing of the remains/ repatriating the body, etc. One would also need to either be diagnosed as terminally ill or be suffering intractably, confirmed by medical professionals.
We are likely to go to court later this month on behalf of one of our Applicants – if he lives long enough. Sadly, so far, all our Applicants have died before we get to court.