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The Exit Internationalist

July 1, 2022

Peaceful Pill Handbook – Essentials Edition

The Peaceful Pill Handbook – Essentials Edition

The 2022 ‘Essentials Edition’ is the new shortened, condensed version of the best-selling Peaceful Pill Handbook.

The Essentials (available in both print and online formats) provides the most accurate, up-to-date information about practical, DIY (self-help) strategies for elderly and seriously ill adults.

The aim of the Essentials is to empower our readers to develop an end of life Exit plan, as an insurance policy for the future.

Most hope they will never need such a plan. Everyone can find comfort from knowing that they have the means of a peaceful and reliable DIY death, should the need ever arise.

Book Audience

The book has two principal audiences.

Firstly, it is written for people who are seriously ill and need urgently to know their end of life options.

Families and friends can also find this information invaluable in terms of assisting with end of life planning.

Having choice to die at home is important, even when you live in a country with right to die laws.

Because the vast majority of voluntary assisted dying (VAD) / medical aid in dying (MAiD) are based on degree of sickness (one generally needs to be terminally ill with < 6 months to live), many people find that they do not qualify.

Especially if cognitive impairment is present (eg. dementia).

The Essentials is designed to help these people in their time of need.

Secondly, some people do not want to involve doctors in their death.

Even if they are eligible to use the law, some do not want to put themselves through what can sometimes be exhaustive bureaucracy in order to gain approval.

More broadly, the book is intended for people who simply want to know how to die peacefully and reliably and at a time of their choosing.

Most people who join Exit and come to a meeting want to know about their end of life options.

Exit members are often not sick. Indeed, many are well. But they are motivated, independent people who are used to looking after themselves.

This means planning ahead.

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Note – the online edition is continually update. The print edition is not updated.


  • Introduction
  • Physiology of dying
  • All about lethal drugs & poisons
  • Lethal sedative drugs
  • Lethal cardiac drugs
  • US 5-Drug Mix
  • Supplementary drugs
  • Lethal Inorganic Salts
  • Inert Gases
  • Sarco
  • Poisonous Gases
  • VSED (voluntary stopping eating & drinking)
  • Online Safety & Privacy
  • When it all goes wrong?
  • VAD – MAiD Laws around the World – how to qualify
  • Swiss Option
  • Afterword
  • Reliability – Peacefulness Table