Note: Nasal naloxone is increasingly available, for exmaple at pharmacies. Anyone considering using an opioid to bring about a peaceful and reliable death should be aware of the existence and effect of the naloxone antidote which can be used to thwart their plans.
Morphine is commonly prescribed as a slow release (SR) tablet. MS Contin and Kapanol are marketed forms of morphine. These tablets are usually taken once or twice a day. They are designed to slowly release the morphine in order to give ‘background’ pain control. For the onset of sudden (breakthrough) pain, a fast-release form of the drug such as ‘Ordine’ (liquid morphine) is often prescribed.
Natural Opium Morphine Codeine
Semi Synthetic Oxycodone Heroin
Synthetic Pethadine Methadone Fentanyl
Table of common opioids and a 200ml bottle of 10mh/ml ‘Ordine’ liquid morphine