The Dual problems of Sensitivity and Tolerance The Opiate Antidote – Naloxone Morphine
‘Slow Euthanasia’ - The Doctor’s Loophole How Slow Euthanasia Works in Practice Problems with Slow Euthanasia Using Heroin to End Life
The New Synthetics – Fentanyl & Carfentanil Opioid Summary
The Exit RP Test for Opioids
The Role of Opiates and Opioids The opiates are naturally occurring compounds that originate from the sap of the poppy, papaver somniferum and include drugs like morphine and codeine. Opioids are all drugs with morphine-like effects and include semi-synthetic products derived from morphine: drugs like heroin and codeine, along with a number of fully synthetic compounds like pethidine, methadone and fentanyl. These compounds all effect the opioid receptors in the brain and are generally used for the control of strong pain. Other effects include respiratory depression and sedation. It is this combination of sedation and respiratory depression that give this class of drugs a potential for use to end of life.