Columns Cruel poison executions have taken the majority in support of the death penalty

Injecting poison was supposed to be a humane and peaceful way to die. With incompetent hands and the wrong medications, executions may have lasted up to another hour and, according to researchers, would not even meet the standards that guide animal euthanasia.

Donald Trumpin the execution of the reign has been lifted. As of last July, 13 U.S. federal executions were made in factories before that for 17 years. Last week, a lethal injection of poison was given to three people sentenced to death.

President Joe Biden wants to end federal executions and entice states to the same solution. Prior to his political career, Vice President Kamala Harris, San Francisco District Attorney, has long campaigned against the death penalty. Now there is also public opinion turning around. In November 2019, the Death Penalty Information Center announced Gallup, where for the first time, a majority of respondents considered a life sentence without the possibility of pardon as a better punishment for murder than the death penalty. The percentages were clear: 60 and 32. Even five years earlier, 50 percent of respondents were in favor of the death penalty for murder and 45 percent for a life-free pardon.

Climate of opinion has been shaped by the cruelty of poison injection executions. The humane method of execution has proved to be everything else. Because professional ethics do not allow physicians to participate in executions, their implementation is in unskilled hands. No vascular veins are found in the arms, injection needles are inserted into the muscle and the bloodstream into the underlying tissue instead of the vein.

In December 2006, in Florida, executioners had stabbed needles in both arms through blood vessels into tissue, with the result that death required double doses of the substances and lasted more than half an hour.

Many European and American pharmaceutical manufacturers have banned the use of their substances in executions, so attempts have been made to find substitutes instead. Since 2011, midazolam, among others, has been used as a barbiturate sleeping pill before stunning potassium chloride. In the summer of 2014, Joseph Wood’s execution required 15 times the guideline amount, and the execution lasted 117 minutes. In Finland, veterinarians use midazolam to calm patients and puppies who are in poor condition.

Valued In 2005, The Lancet published a study showing that in 42 of the 49 executions in four states, the amount of anesthetic in the blood was below the levels required for surgery.

The reasons for this were mentioned that the executioners did not have anesthesia training and the drugs were administered remotely without anesthesia monitoring. According to the researchers, the executions would not meet the standards governing the euthanasia of animals.

The author is the administrative manager of HS.


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