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This Chapter examines a number of non-drug substances that provide a reliable death when ingested. These substances are manufactured for other purposes but are also useful in ending life. Three soluble inorganic salts are considered in this Chapter. They are all water-soluble solids that, when dissolved and taken as a drink, bring about a reliable death. They differ in mode of action, cost and availability. These details are examined below.