Ohio executes inmate using untried, untested lethal injection method
January 17, 2014 8:53 AM Subscribe
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On Thursday morning, Ohio executed
Dennis McGuire for the 1989 rape and murder of Joy Stewart. However, due to an embargo on the common used lethal injection drug pentobarbital, the state used an untried combination of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a morphine derivative, for the execution. The procedure took 24 minutes
, during which McGuirse was reported to have been "choking and snorting" and was described as "horrific"
There are questions
of whether the procedure constitutes "cruel and unusual"
Pentobarbital is used
to render the prisoner unconscious before another drug is administered to stop the heart, but has shortages in the US after the Danish manufacturer of pentobarbital placed an embargo on distributions to the US to prevent it being used in American executions.
Besides Ohio, other states are trying
to get custom pharmacies to create the drug for them, with varying success.
Shortages might affect scheduled executions in Texas, Florida, and Louisiana.