Arizona Prisons to Use New Lethal-Injection Drugs

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The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison in California.


The Arizona Department of Corrections will be using a new mix of drugs to carry out its lethal injections -- a mixture of drugs first used to execute an inmate in this country just two months ago.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced today that two drugs, medazolam and hydromorphone, will be used in executions instead of pentobarbital, which Horne says has become nearly impossible for the state to obtain.

Ohio executed a man earlier this year with these drugs, and Horne says Oklahoma will be using the same drugs in its execution protocol.

Here's how the Associated Press reported that execution in January:
A condemned man appeared to gasp several times and took an unusually long time to die -- more than 20 minutes -- in an execution carried out Thursday with a combination of drugs never before tried in the U.S. . .

McGuire, 53, made loud snorting noises during one of the longest executions since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999. Nearly 25 minutes passed between the time the lethal drugs began flowing and McGuire was pronounced dead at 10:53 a.m.

Executions under the old method were typically much shorter and did not cause the kind of sounds McGuire made.
There's a shortage of the old drug because the Danish manufacturer stopped selling it to U.S. prisons, reportedly due to public pressure (capital punishment's outlawed in Denmark).

In some states, "compounding pharmacies" have been providing prisons with the drug, but pharmacists may not want to participate in an execution. Horne, in a statement, says "pharmacies in Texas and Oklahoma that had been providing pentobarbital for executions are now refusing to provide it after their identity was released publicly and they began to receive threats."

Arizona law allows such information to be kept confidential, Horne says.

Arizona has no scheduled executions, but there are 121 people on the state's death row.

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zengphoo
zengphoo

State sanctioned MURDER is so barbaric!

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Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Yup, no doubt, Arizona wants to make people suffer as much as possible.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Denmark got out of the execution drug business because of the realization that capital punishment is just plain gruesome, barbaric and morally wrong. We will probably never know the name and location of the compounding pharmacy that concocts Arizona's cocktail of death. The pharmacy people don't want it to be known what they do to increase profits. For the very same reason Texas is refusing to divulge information on where they get their execution drug. Now, If I were Jan's successor, I'd sign a bill outlawing capital punishment in a nanosecond. But my evil side gets in the way. I, like anyone else, scream for vengeance against the worst of the worst criminals who kill with such abandon as the ones on Death Row today. I say kill 'em all !!! Yeah!

teknik
teknik

So the new thing is to overdose on hydromorphone? Doesn't sound pleasant.

robert_graham
robert_graham

It would be cheaper and faster to just shoot them once or twice in the head and unfortunately there would be little or no pain.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Cozz  

Regardless of whatever noises they make, they're unconscious, and not suffering.   Haven't you ever heard a person snore?  I would have thought that was pretty obvious.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@robert_graham  Why don't you apply for State Executioner? Then you can go around proclaiming that "I am Jaffy, Lord High Executioner of all Sand Land! Look upon me and despair! You can hate me all you want, so long as you fear!!!" (Apologies to Percy B. Shelley and Caligula.)

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@valleynative

Give it a shot and let us know how it works out for you.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@eric.nelson745 I'm just telling it like it is. Why should murderers be executed in a humane fashion after what they did? Just shoot 'em and be done with it... period! Why you have a problem with that is beyond me.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative 

Have somebody who understands all the big words read and explain that article to you.  It doesn't really say what the headline implies.  People knocked out with these drugs do not feel pain.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham that sure was, know whats funnier? Seagal playing cuddle-buddies with Vladmir Putin.........................whats Joe think about that? to me that shows what an absolute F***ing traitor to this country the old SeaGull is...............and dont forget, he's Joe's shining new star...........(that makes me question Joe's patriotism too)

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