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Sarco capsule: 'suicide machine' enables a painless death anywhere

An euthanasia advocacy group has endorsed the Sarco capsule, a high-tech ‘suicide machine’. The capsule has one purpose: to help people commit suicide, in a painless and efficient way.

“Sarco does not use restricted drugs, or require special expertise such as the insertion of an intravenous needle,” says Dr. Philip Nitschke.

Nitschke is the controversial founder/director of Exit International, whose mission is “to inform members & support them in their end of life decision-making.”

“Anyone who can pass the entry test can enter the machine and legally end their life,” explained Nitschke.

Nitschke was a former physician who assisted in four suicides in Australia in the late 1990s under the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act of 1995.


The Sarco comes in two parts: a reusable machine base and a capsule. The capsule can be detached and used as a coffin. Both can be created on a 3D printer and assembled anywhere.

According to its makers, their design will be free and open-source, as well as placed in the Internet.

Using the Sarco is easy. A potential user must complete an online mental questionnaire in order to obtain a four-digit code that will open the capsule. Once inside, the user closes the lid and waits for liquid nitrogen to lower the oxygen level.

In just a few minutes, it’s all over. The capsule can be removed for use as a coffin, and a new one can be created on a 3D printer. This can then be placed on top of the reusable base.

Source exit international

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