Note: While this salt is an essential element and difficult to restrict, its use to end life is as an ‘option of last resort’, when absolutely nothing else is available. It is only included in the Handbook as a response to persistent reader enquiries.
Adverse symptoms can include vomiting. A good anti-emetic is therefore mandatory. Metoclopramide 30mg (3x10mg) tab- lets can be taken 40 minutes before the selenium. The seleni- um salt dissolves in water and a lethal drink of 5gm of selenite in 50ml of water is simple to prepare.
Note: Stong pre-medication is essential
A strong, sleep-inducing sedative such benzodiazepine (eg. 1gm of diclazepam) which is then dissolved in propylene gly- col and alcohol is suggested. See the ‘Pre-medication & Poten- tiation’ Chapter for further information.
The Selenite RPA Test
The very low ‘Peacefulness’ and ‘Speed’ indices for this salt give it a rating significantly lower than that of the other le- thal salts discussed.
Sodium selenite has not been included in the RPA table sum- mary and Exit suggests that it should only be considered when no other options are available. 5gm of Na2SeO3 dissolved in 50ml water
* Exit gratefully acknowledges the assistance of ‘CQ’ for this section.