“Suicide Pod” Passes Legal Review In Switzerland, May Be Available Next Year
A “suicide capsule” allowing fast and painless self-euthanasia has just passed Switzerland’s legal review proceedings and is now legal for use in the country. The Sarco, a sarcophagus-like pod that slowly reduces oxygen and increases nitrogen until the person inside passes peacefully, is expected to be ready for operation next year.
The company behind the Sarco believes it to be a peaceful and painless alternative to assisted suicide that uses no controlled substances, in contrast to the current method of ingesting sodium pentobarbital. Once the person has passed, the pod – which is 3D printed and made from biodegradable wood-based material – is detached and can be used as a coffin, ready to lay them to rest.
The contraption can be wheeled to anywhere the person wishes, de-coupling them from a clinical setting and allowing them to pass in their ideal surroundings.
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