Switzerland, 7/12: A 3D-printed ‘suicide pod’, which aims to simplify the process of assisted suicides, has passed legal review in Switzerland.
Called the “Sarco pod”, it is expected to be ready for operation next year, and is developed by Australia-based international nonprofit Exit International.
Around 1,300 people died by asssuicide in Switzerland in 2020 using the services of the country’s two largest assisted suicide organisations, Exit and Dignitas, according to a report by SwiisInfo.
The method currently in use is ingestion of liquid sodium pentobarbital, a controlled substance, which causes a person to slip into a deep coma before dying. The Sarco pod, the report says, can do it without the use of controlled substances.