Criticism Mounting Over Execution Drug
We've been reporting for some time (here and here ) on the mounting criticism of pancuronium bromide (also known as pavulon), one of three drugs used to execute prisoners in the U.S. Now you can read about it Tuesday in the New York Times:
...a growing number of legal and medical experts are warning that the apparent tranquillity of a lethal injection may be deceptive. They say the standard method of executing people in most states could lead to paralysis that masks intense distress, leaving a wide-awake inmate unable to speak or cry out as he slowly suffocates.
Pancuronium bromide paralyzes the skeletal muscles but does not affect the brain or nerves. A person injected with it remains conscious but cannot move or speak.
The drug has been banned in Tennessee--for use by vetinarians performing euthanasia on animals. Yet Tennesse and 30 other states use it to kill inmates.
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