“Eat a chocolate and take an anti-vomiting medicine.” From these phrases found in the chats of the two 18-year-old Roman boys who took their own lives between February 2020 and last December, the investigation by the Rome Public Prosecutor’s Office which led to the blackout of the Sanctioned Suicide site. The sentences were indications not to expel the toxic substance and thus carry out the suicidal intent.
The community was accessible in plain text and provided “instructions” on how to take sodium saltpetre, a toxic substance commonly found on the market and used for food preservation. In addition to the two cases that have come to the attention of the Capitoline magistrates, there is also a third episode that occurred in recent months in Palermo.
On the basis of what was ascertained by the prosecutor Giulia Guccione, owner of the file, the aspiring suicides also obtained information via chat on the medicines to be taken to prevent the body from expelling the poisonous substance. From the chats it emerged that young people were advised to eat a chocolate and an anti-sickness medicine after ingesting the poison.
The two young Romans took their own lives while they were, as advised online, in hotel rooms.
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