AHPRA Investigating Dr. Nitschke After Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Vice-Chair Complains About Nitrogen System
Paul Russell, the Executive Director of the anti-euthanasia group HOPE, and also vice-chair of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition International, has filed a formal complaint to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) against Dr. Philip Nitschke of Exit International.
It is alleged that Dr. Nitschke may not be fit for registration as a health practitioner as he is accused of developing, marketing, and selling a device for suicide. The device in question is a nitrogen tank marketed under the name Max Dog Brewing. It is alleged that the nitrogen tank is not associated with any brewing company.
Breathing 100% nitrogen is fatal since humans must have oxygen to survive. Exit’s website and book The Peaceful Pill Handbook note that if a person dies from breathing 100% nitrogen, the cause of death cannot be determined from tissue analysis. However, a witness or evidence at the scene, such as the nitrogen tank, tubing, and hood could verify the actual cause of death.
The AHPRA notice of investigation and complaint by Paul Russell are at this link: Nitschke_August2012_Complaint