After a 3-year stop, Ohio officials want to bring back executions in the Buckeye state. They want to use a combination of lethal drugs for the executions that are going to be reinstated sometime next year. Not everybody agrees with this idea, many residents asking if the drugs are suitable.
The drug that was used before was rocuronium bromide which is a paralytic agent, but now the states officials want to add more drugs to avoid incidents in which the prisoner doesn’t die from the first try.
Tim Young, a Public Defender mentioned that this new drug protocol could raise some concerns in this matter.
The drugs that are going to be combined with the rocuronium bromide are potassium chloride and midazolam. These drugs were used in other states such as Oklahoma, but the executions there were prolonged and, some of them, even painful. For instance, in an Oklahoma case, the person died 40 minutes after the process stopped and the death was caused by a heart attack. Prison officials say that the administration of the drug was wrong, not the combination of drugs.
The combinations of drugs that the prison officials want to use was presented to the judge as being similar to the one used before 2009 in Ohio.
“Ohio had moved away from the (1999 to 2009) formula because it had concerns about its efficacy and constitutionality,” Young said.
The state official has already set 28 executions in January although they don’t have the approbation for the drugs and not even for the executions themselves.
Nobody knows if the drugs are in the possession of the prison official because it is prohibited to disclose the whereabouts of the lethal drugs.
After he got the proposal, the Chief Judge is researching it and waits to see if any other updates are going to be filed by the states officials in this case. He will also review the arguments that are made against these drugs, and the statements of the people who face executions and will decide what is best.
The lawyers that represent people who face death-row are going to file a challenge immediately.
Many people believe that this is not a good idea since the drugs are not safe, and if they are combined they could cause pain and delay the process.
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