Ohio To Switch To 1 Drug For Lethal Injection

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio has become the first state to adopt a procedure for lethal injections that uses one drug, a method never before tried on U.S. Inmates.

The state filed papers Friday in U.S. District Court saying it has decided to switch from a three-drug cocktail to a single injection of thiopental sodium into a vein.

A muscle injection will be available as a backup.

The decision comes two months after an Ohio death row inmate walked away from an unsuccessful execution and subsequent executions were put on hold.

Several states have faced similar challenges, but Ohio is the first to drop the three-drug approach in favor of one dose.

The death penalty information center says it's never been attempted on humans.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Karen Location: Parkersburg on Nov 16, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    I think they are only thinking of the inmate and not the victim. I really do not see where they need to get off death like they are coddling them. Do to them what they did to their victims!
  • by JD Location: Marietta on Nov 16, 2009 at 07:20 AM
    Our disgrace of having botched the injection only a couple of weeks ago wouldn't again make national headlines if the shooting squad were re-instated. Similarly, convicted death row inmates wouldn't be "safe" from lethal injection if they have tiny veins as was the case in the botched attempt.
  • by Fedup Location: Ohio on Nov 15, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    How about we as a nation, stop bowing down to the ACLU and start treating these people the same way they treated their victims. If I recall, the failed execution was for a man who kidnapped, raped and murdered a young lady. Imagine the hell she endured with no one to speak up for her. We hire top notch attorneys, feed and educate death row inmates. We provide better medical care for them than a working man can afford. All with tax dollars to turn around and execute them in more than humane ways. Where is the deterent in this method? It is obvious the death penalty was not drafted to deter future criminal acts so one can assume it is for punishment. Lets start handing out punishment like it should be. Swift, severe and as brutal as the crime that led them to their fate! Lets stand up for the silent victims that deserve better justice than we are giving them.
  • by Jason Adams Location: ST.Marys on Nov 14, 2009 at 03:37 AM
    It seems far easier and more economical to blind fold a man,tie him to a post,and put one through his head. There will be no question as to whether the inmate will die or not. It's failsafe and far more humane than injection. Nobody knows what happens inside a man's mind after the chemicals are injected. We do,however,know what happens in a man's mind when a bullet passes through it. If we're going to continue the death penalty,atleast do it right.
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