Will Executions Become The Same as Euthanizing Pets? In Oklahoma, They’re Arguing the Answer is Yes.


Okay, we’re aware that there is a national shortage of thiopental sodium, one of the three drugs legally okayed to be used in execution by lethal injection. The result has been delaying some executions. In at least one instance, an execution kept to the calendar as the needed drug was purchased from an overseas supplier (not FDA-approved) (Arizona’s execution of Jeffrey Landrigan using a British product).

Over in Oklahoma, they’re got a different take on things, apparently. Because in Oklahoma, news is that they are considering substituting pentobarbital for thiopental sodium -- and in case you don’t recognize that drug, pentobarbital is the drug that vets have been using for years, to put down beloved family pets.

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