Oxygen therapy delivered with or without passive ventilation. The use of oxygen may remove some of the distressing symptoms of ‘air hunger’ but, on its own, will not speed death.
Morphine, Fentanyl, Opium, Heroin or even Codeine can dampen the distressing ‘air hunger’ symptom. These drugs are often used in a palliative setting to ‘make the patient comfortable’. These drugs suppress the respiratory drive and can hasten a pneumonic death. Obtaining restricted pharmaceutical opiates, though, can be difficult (see the Chapter on Opiates and Slow Euthanasia). Illegal sources may, therefore, be needed. While opium and heroin are very effective for this purpose, they would need to be smoked or administered intravenously.
Barbiturates As we all know, barbiturates are heavily-restricted drugs. However, their sedative and respiratory depressing qualities mean that even sub-lethal amounts of Nembutal can be very effectively employed to assist a pneumonic death. If you have acquired Nembutal but are concerned you do not have a full lethal dose, this may be a good use in the alternative.
B Blockers With pneumonia, a person’s lungs are ineffective, and insufficient oxygen gets into the blood and reaches the brain (cerebral hypoxia). To compensate for this, the body increases the blood flow (cardiac output). Drugs such as propranolol block this compensatory mechanism, and accentuate the cerebral hypoxia. A propranolol dose 320mg, two to three times a day, will have this blocking affect.