Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Father of 19-year-old who died by suicide powder, wants it banned.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Randy and Caroline Knol
Randy Knol, the father of Ximena, a 19-year-old who died in February 2018 by taking the suicide powder known as "Substance X" has been working for three years to get the lethal powder banned.

The death of Ximena is once again in the media after a 28-year-old man from Eindhoven was arrested for selling the suicide powder for profit to at least 6 people who died.

An NL Times story reported:
"The suspect sold the drug from November 2018 to June 2021," the OM alleged in a statement. "The criminal investigation started after the death of a woman from Best in May 2021." the OM said in a statement. They found the woman had a "suspicious substance" with her when she died, and they also examined data she had stored on devices.

The circumstances led investigators to the Eindhoven man, who prosecutors said sold the lethal powder along with a prescription drug that would reduce the urge to vomit, the OM continued. He may have sold the one or both medications to "hundreds" of people, the OM said in court, according to RTL Nieuws.
The man who has been arrested for selling the suicide powder was allegedly involved with distributing the powder for years. An article published by Omroep Brabant news stated that (google translated):
The man has been active for years, according to research by Omroep Brabant in 2018. During that period, there was a lot of fuss about the death of 19-year-old Ximena from Uden. She had ordered the suicide powder over the internet and used it to end her life.

For her parents, the reporting about the Eindhovener hits hard. They believe that the practices of which this man is accused should be put to an end. "We call on everyone who has purchased this medicine not to use it! Its use is inhumane, slow and painful. Take it to a pharmacy for destruction," warns father Randy Knol. He would like a campaign to be launched for this.
There is a movement in the Netherlands to permit suicide on demand. The outcome of this movement is the death of people who are depressed and experiencing feelings of hopelessness and despair.

Links to more articles on this topic:
  • Netherlands suicide powder death - Further analysis (Link).
  • Netherlands man made money sellling suicide powder. At least 6 people died (Link).

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