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Death Penalty Drug Problem

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on January 24, 2011







When a convict is poisoned by Georgia, he (or the one woman on death row) receives a “cocktail” of three drugs. The first substance is sodium thiopental (ST), a sedative. The capital punishment as revenge crowd does not like this part of the process, As it turns out, neither does the Italian manufacturer of ST.

ST is made by the Hospira company. The Italian owners of the firm have long deplored the use of their product in executions. The US manufacture of ST has been halted, because the company cannot be guaranteed that ST will not be used to poison convicts, resulting in death.

Emmanuel Hammond is scheduled to be strapped in the gurney going byebye Tuesday night. Georgia has secured a supply of ST for this procedure. The substance was copped from a British firm called Dream Pharma .
“Dream Pharma is said to have sold the anaesthetic sodium thiopental that will form part of the lethal injection given to Emmanuel Hammond in the US state of Georgia. The small company is run from the back of the Elgone Driving Agency in Horn Lane, Acton, west London by businessman Mehdi Alavi. Reprieve UK claims the 50-year-old knew that the drug was being sold for use in executions. Mr Alavi, who describes his company as an independent pharmaceutical wholesaler, said today that he did not want to comment on the matter. Earlier this month he said he had “no idea” why a prison in Arizona had ordered the drug, and two other chemicals, from him. Chemicals supplied by Dream Pharma are thought to have been used in that state last October for the execution of Jeffrey Landrigan, also a convicted murderer.”
The protocol for chemically offing convicts involves three substances.
“Thirty-five states, including Virginia and Maryland, execute prisoners. All use lethal injection, and until recently all but two had used a three-drug cocktail that included sodium thiopental to kill pain, pancurium bromide to paralyze the inmate and potassium chloride to stop the heart. … Oklahoma last year became the first state to switch to another method, replacing sodium thiopental with pentobarbital, which is widely used to euthanize animals. After winning a court challenge to that decision, the state has executed three inmates since December.”
HT to PeachPundit for the ST story. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.




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  1. gary Simmons said, on January 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I have had two dogs and cat put to sleep. I was there each time with them. I must say it seemed rather peaceful.

    As long as there is no pain what’s the difference? If you are opposed to the death penalty I can see how you may use this to open another can of worms.

    Me I am against it for two reasons. The first is that it cost too much. The second you can’t change it if you find out later you were wrong. DNA has helped the second along a lot.

    Still when it is all said and done it cheaper to feed them than it is to kill’em

  2. chamblee54 said, on January 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks for stopping by.
    I think our society would be better without capital punishment. This is not out of sympathy for convicted killers, who are a pretty gnarly bunch.
    My concern is that capital punishment is strong stuff. Our Justice system is not smart enough to use it properly. I wrote about this here…
    http://chamblee54.blogspot.com/2007/09/is-life-sacred.html

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