Skip to comments.Oklahoma says running out of death penalty drug
Posted on 05/02/2012 6:47:19 PM PDT by Brandonmark
Oklahoma, which executes more prisoners per capita than any other state, said on Wednesday it has only one remaining dose of pentobarbital, a key drug used to kill condemned prisoners.
One reason the state is running out is because of a ban on the sale of drugs for such purposes by the European Union, which opposes the death penalty.
Oklahoma has a single vial of pentobarbital left after the execution on Tuesday night of 57-year-old Michael B. Selsor, prison spokesman Jerry Massie said.
Oklahoma is the first state to publicly admit it has nearly exhausted supplies of the drug but other states may follow because of the EU clamp down, said Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C.
Pentobarbital is a sedative that is the first of a three-drug cocktail administered by Oklahoma. It is followed by vecuronium bromide, which stops breathing, and potassium chloride, which stops the heart.
Oklahoma was the first state in the country to use pentobarbital in 2010 after a shortage of another anesthetic, sodium thiopental, caused penal officials in death penalty states to look for an alternative.
Eleven other states also use it. Arizona and Ohio use a single injection of pentobarbital for executions while nine states use the multi-drug protocol, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Lundbeck Inc, the only manufacturer of pentobarbital, is located in Denmark and forbids its U.S.-based wholesalers from selling the drug for lethal injections, while the European Union forbids its member countries from exporting drugs for executions.
Oklahoma could resort to another anesthetic never used before in executions, Massie said, or it could try to tap existing supplies of pentobarbital.
A third option, he said, would entail going back to sodium thiopental.
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Rope is cheap.
Gee, couldn’t there be any other drug that would work?
Why not Cyanide? Load’em up on enough Oxy/benzos, or Heroine to kill an elephant. A bullet to the head?
We figured out the whole death thing a long time ago, so it isn’t difficult.
Various other means come to mind. Not a really clever bunch if OK’s officials are stumped by this situation.
Here’s an opportunity for a real gutsy decision by Obama.
I still think they should use LSD first, kinda
get them in the mood for when the executioners
come in wearing lifelike masks of their victim.
Either that or drano first.
I know a lot of OK cowboys and they ALL have ropes.
Why rely on expensive, scarce and complex chemical compounds when a single abundant element (i.e. lead) dispatches the vermin cheaply, quickly and painlessly?
"Why don't you shoot him now? I mean, come on, I'll go get a gun. We'll shoot 'im together. It'll be fun. BANG! Dead. Done."
Should I be ashamed to say I like how you think?
The constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. It does not guarantee a painless execution.
Electric Chair. We still have our old one in Georgia. Wipe off the dust and rewire it with new wires and we’re gtg.
Rope is cheap.
So is a bullet. We could do a “Saddam” and send the killer’s family a bill for the lead slug.
No, you should not.
Lead poisoning has been found effective.
And don't dampen the sponge. (ever see The Green Mile?)