Alex Schadenberg, International Chair - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Philip Nitschke has been promoting assisted suicide for many years. Recent statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicates that Nitschke's is promotion of suicide techniques has led to many younger people dying by suicide.
The Sydney Morning Herald featured the story of Lucas Taylor (26) who died in 2012, after receiving suicide assistance from Nitschke and his group.
Judith Taylor, the mother of Lucas, told the Morning Herald:
Twenty-six-year-old Lucas Taylor took his own life by taking Nembutal more than three years ago, but he still gets Exit International's email newsletter.
Judith Taylor, the mother of Lucas.
After his death in 2012 his mother Judith went through his emails looking for answers and found he had been a paid up member of the organisation.
the deaths among younger people were an "unintended consequence" of the voluntary euthanasia movement putting out information online on suicide methods.
Nembutal is a veterinary euthanasia drug.
According the Sydney Morning Herald:
New data from the national coronial information system shows 120 people died by taking Nembutal .. between July 2000 and December 2012.
The deaths included one person under the age of 20, 11 people in their 20s and 14 people in their 30s.
Voluntary euthanasia campaigners say the actual number of Nembutal deaths is even higher, as many deaths are not reported to the coroner and people who use the drug to take their lives take steps to make it look like the death is of natural causes.
Nitschke is also fighting to keep his Australian medical license. There have been 12 complaints to the Australian Medical Board concerning Nitschke and his group Exit International.