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Since 2010, the availability of reagent-grade sodium pentobarbital powder from Chinese manufacturers has meant that this form of the drug has superseded less readily available forms. (Fig 15.1)
For the past decade, sterile veterinary liquid has been the most common form used for a peaceful death. (Fig 15.2). Occasionally pharmaceutical grade Nembutal tablets or capsules, originally prescribed as sleeping medication, are obtained although this is uncommon. (Fig 15.3)
Reagent grade Nembutal is marketed as a white crystalline powder which readily absorbs moisture and is very soluble in water. It is non-sterile and often packaged in small, sealed screw-top plastic containers or loose in plastic sachets. Most people ordering the drug from China (see Ch 14) receive 25gm as loose powder or in a screw top containers (see Fig 15.1). Note that 25gm is more than enough of the drug to provide a peaceful death for 2 - 3 people.
Using the drug for a peaceful death
Opening the bottle of veterinary Nembutal Interaction of Nembutal with other drugs Other useful barbiturates