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An undercover news team from a television station in San Diego has found that officials in Mexico are cracking down on a drug promoted for suicides. Euthanasia advocates worldwide have been promoting Mexico as a destination to obtain drugs that elderly people or terminally ill patients can use to kill themselves.

As has reported, at least 200 people from English-speaking countries have traveled to since 2001 to end their lives by obtaining a drug normally used to euthanize animals — Nembutal.

Exit International, a pro-euthanasia group from Australia, is one of the groups promoting the purchase of the drug because it was easy to obtain for a small amount of money.

But undercover reporters from News 10 in San Diego find that’s not the case anymore.

The drug, a strong barbiturate, was formerly used as a sleeping pill and it has been blamed for the deaths of luminaries such as Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Jimi Hendrix. To see if the drug is still as readily available, undercover reporters from News 10 went to Tijuana and followed the instructions found in a book Australian euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke has written with specific instructions on obtaining Nembutal.

[15Nov08,; Tijuana, Mexico (]