The Pharmacology of Execution By Lethal Injection
the MPR take:
A recent planned execution of an Oklahoma death row inmate has gained much attention due to issues with the administration of the lethal injection drugs, resulting in the inmate suffering from a heart attack that killed him. Pharmacologist and toxicologist David Kroll discusses in this article the three types of drugs used for lethal injections (sedatives, neuromuscular blocking drugs, and potassium chloride) and how they together induce death in a manner that is intended to be painless for the inmate and for those viewing to not witness reflex actions that can occur when the body is still conscious. Kroll also explains what went wrong in the administration of these drugs that resulted in the heart attack.
I'm not terribly excited to discuss capital punishment. My personal opinions on the subject have evolved in the 30 years since the girlfriend of a college buddy was murdered by restaurant coworker. But in light of the faulty execution of a convicted killer in Oklahoma on Tuesday night, here's a ...
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