Cabinet Sees nothing in a Ban on ‘Suicide Powders’. There is no ban on the means by which people can commit suicide. The government sees too many practical differences to prohibit the sale of so-called ‘suicide powders’.
According to Minister Hugo de Jonge, there are some grounds for not choosing such a ban.
For example, some substances that are fatal in large amounts are not in smaller doses.
In some situations, a substance may even have positive effects.
There are also substances that may be fatal but are also used for entirely different purposes.
Also, it would require a lot of workforces to enforce a ban,
and in the case of internet trading that would even be ” difficult or impossible ”.
A ban can even have a counterproductive impact, according to the Minister.
By introducing a ban, you give ” awareness to these substances, something you want to restrict ”,
writes De Jonge to the House of Representatives.