As all reading here will know I’m agin capital punishment. However, I’m not really sure why the Americans are making such a fist of it all:
A death row inmate who was executed by the state of Ohio on Thursday with an untried and untested combination of two medical drugs appeared to gasp and snort in a procedure that took an unusually long 25 minutes to kill him.
Dennis McGuire was pronounced dead at 10.53am at the Southern Ohio Correctional facility in Lucasville. His lawyers had warned ahead of the proceeding that the experimental combination of the sedative midazolam and painkiller hydromorphone might subject him to “air hunger”, an insufficient flow of air into the lungs causing the sensation of suffocation.
I know all about why they’re using such previously untried drugs. However, why aren’t they using ones that we know work without fuss? Just about anywhere in the US you could pick up $100 worth of street heroin which would be enough to OD someone who wasn’t already an addict. And it might cost $20 if you used the pharmaceutical stuff. And we do know that it’s pretty easy to get someone to OD on opiates too. So why are the piddling about with all of these other drugs?