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  • Jon, diamorphine (heroin) is available for doctors to prescribe for severe pain in the UK - it isn't legalised in the sense that anyone can get it. It's preferred by some doctors as it is faster acting and more easily soluble - smaller amounts are needed, making it easier to tolerate for some patients. It is about 2-3 times as strong as morphine, I believe (mg for mg).

    I was given it (in the form of an epidural) for immediate post-operative pain control (first 48 hours) following my laminectomy in the UK back in '95. I found it worked well for pain, and I was given an additional 'bolus' (extra dose for 'breakthrough' type pain) whenever I needed one. I could feel it working very quickly.
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