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The powder can be dissolved in water and taken orally with rapid effect. 10gm of the drug (the contents of 20 ampoules) dissolves rapidly in ~50ml of water, and if drunk leads to rapid loss of consciousness and death. Alcohol is a useful supplement.
Exit has tested the vacuum-packing of 10gm of dry sodium pentothal powder mixed with 1gm of phenytoin sodium. This can be easily transported and stored.
Reconstitution is then carried out by breaking the vacuum seal and dissolving the sachet of powder in ~50ml of water before drinking.
When rigorous scientific processes are used to establish the purity and efficacy of known drugs, thus ensuring a reliable and peaceful death, the need for legislative change is significantly diminished. This is because the act of dying well and at a time and place of one’s choosing is achievable, as long as certain steps are taken. In this way the dying process is removed from the hands of the medical profession. The elderly and the seriously ill are empowered to make their own end-of-life decisions, should the need ever arise.
Whether legislation that provides controlled access to assistance to die exists or not, it is unlikely to effect the person who has their Peaceful Pill locked in the cupboard. When the time is right, they will simply go to the cupboard!