A euthanasia advocate says police are harassing his elderly members in the search for banned drugs through constant raids.
Elderly people are being traumatised by constant police raids as officers search for banned euthanasia drugs, a right-to-die advocate says.
A 64-year-old woman, from Dayboro near Brisbane, was charged earlier this month for importing a bottle of pentobarbital, also known as Nembutal, from Mexico.
Another person from Western Australia has also been charged for importing the drug.
Dr Philip Nitschke, director of euthanasia advocacy group Exit, says although only two people have been charged, up to 12 of his elderly members have been raided.
“Our elderly members are not law breakers, are often unaware of their rights, and are often traumatised by these unannounced police visits,” Dr Nitschke said in a statement.
“The claim by police that they are visiting because of concern about our members’ well-being is ludicrous.”
Dr Nitschke says his members have been advised to say nothing if approached by police and to contact Exit so legal assistance can be arranged.
The charged woman is due to face Pine Rivers Magistrates Court on June 2.
Dr Nitschke said the other person charged will face court in WA in late May.
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