lethal injection


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lethal injection

A method of capital punishment by a combination of medications, typically, a sedative, a paralytic agent, an analgesic agent, and a fatal dose of potassium. Unlike other forms of execution (such as electrocution or the gas chamber), lethal injection is the only method that relies upon the direct participation of health care professionals. Some professional organizations (such as the American Medical Association) and several state boards with oversight over health care practic, have questioned whether the participation of health care professionals in lethal injection is appropriate, legal, or moral.
See also: injection

lethal injection

An increasingly widely-used method of execution of condemned criminals using thiopentone followed by pancuronium and potassium chloride. Since the method involves intravenous skills rarely available to non-medical people, doctors are commonly asked to advise or even participate-which few, if any, can contemplate without revulsion. The movement against lethal injection is gaining momentum.
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Oklahoma and Texas then served as the laboratories for developing and implementing these first lethal injection procedures.
To argue that lethal injection reform is merely quality control misses the point and neglects the important reasons that research is regulated and protected.
Recognizing that inmates were challenging lethal injection and not the death penalty itself, in 2004, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld a section 1983 lethal injection claim, (51) a decision the Court validated further two years later in another context.
A majority of those who view the death penalty as morally acceptable and those who view it as morally wrong say lethal injection is the most humane way to execute prisoners.
Lethal injection was made legal in China in 1997 when the country's Criminal Procedure Law was amended to provide an alternative method of execution.
And in 2014, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation to protect the confidentiality and licensing of pharmacies or people involved in lethal injection procedures.
In 2001, the first of three drugs used in the lethal injection cocktail, sodium thiopental, was discontinued by the only FDA-approved manufacturer of the drug, Hospira.
The three lawyer-plaintiffs sued TDCJ after the prison agency refused to release the name of the compounding pharmacy used to supply the prison system with the lethal injection drugs.
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In Bali frightened smuggled dogs for the black market are held in cages and forced to watch others killed by lethal injection.
If the prisoner refuses to take the pills, or only pretends to swallow them, he can hardly complain about unnecessary pain if the state thereafter has to use lethal injections, Banzhaf argues.
Officials later blamed a ruptured vein for the problems, which are likely to fuel debate about the ability of states to administer lethal injections that meet the US Constitution's requirement they be neither cruel nor unusual punishment.