Mexico Becomes Destination for Foreigners Seeking Euthanasia

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Mexico is slowly becoming a destination for terminally ill people seeking euthanasia, according to a report from the French news agency AFP.

Citing an article from the Mexican newspaper Reform, AFP on Tuesday reported that at least 200 terminally ill people from Australia, Britain, New Zealand and the United States have visited Mexico since 2001 to buy a cheap, widely available euthanasia drug called nembutal.

For its article, the newspaper used information from Exit International, a pro-euthanasia nonprofit organization from Australia that promotes Mexico as a destination for patients seeking to end their lives.

"On the basis of Exit research, the best places to visit are the 20-odd (U.S.-Mexico) border crossings, from Tijuana in California through to Matamoros on the Gulf of Mexico," the group said on its Web site.

The organization said that nembutal, a drug usually used to euthanize animals, is "widely, cheaply and legally available, not only in Mexico but in many other South American countries."

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