Nebraska Kills Inmate With Fetanyl Drug Cocktail

Carey Dean Moore was executed this morning with a four drug concoction that included fetanyl. Nebrasks wins the title of being the first state in the country to intentionally kill someone using Fetanyl. Nevada intended to be first until stopped by a court last month.

According to the Nebraska Dept of Corrections, it took 23 minutes for Moore to die after receiving the first drug.

The first of four substances was administered at 10:24 a.m. The Lancaster County coroner pronounced Moore’s time of death at 10:47 a.m.

According to witnesses:

One media witness, Brent Martin of the Nebraska Radio Network, said that Tuesday's execution in the Nebraska State Penitentiary took longer than the 13 executions he witnessed in Missouri. In those executions, it took about five minutes to complete the lethal injection process.

About 15 minutes into the execution, ight after administering the last injection, officials closed the curtains for about 8 minutes, so the process was not as transparent as it should have been. When officials re-opened the curtains, Moore was already dead. Witnesses said his face was "darker purple, and mottled."

The four drugs used were: Diazepam was first, and then the fentanyl, then cisatracurium and then the heart-stopper, potassium chloride. [More...]

Oklahoma plans on using nitrogen gas, which the inmate will inhale.

According to government officials and politicians, there is a fetanyl crisis in the U.S. Every day we read how dangerous a drug it is due to its potency and how it must be further restricted. Creating a black market where states can purchase it to kill inmates is hardly in keeping with any goal of opiate reduction.

Since drug makers won't sell the killing drugs to the states, the states tend to get the drugs from "compounding pharmacies", which do not face the same approval process as the drug manufacturers. The Food and Drug Administration is not involved with approving drugs from compounding pharmacies, especially when purchased or even imported for executions.

In 2011, Arizona got its kill drugs from a small pharmacy that ran its business in the back of a driving school in London.

South Dakota, PA, CO and GA are some of the states that have acknowledged using compounding pharmacies.

Here's the schedule of remaining executions planned for 2018.

Here is Carey Moore's final statement.

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    The death penalty is horrible (none / 0) (#1)
    by McBain on Tue Aug 14, 2018 at 06:42:36 PM EST
    and should be abolished.  I don't know if our current methods of killing someone are any less painful (physically, psychologically) than the methods from centuries ago.

    Last I checked there isn't really any convincing evidence that the death penalty deters crime or saves money.  

    If I was a governor, I'd probably grant a stay for every execution requested.  I probably wouldn't get reelected.

    Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania granted (none / 0) (#2)
    by Peter G on Tue Aug 14, 2018 at 07:14:03 PM EST
    a blanket reprieve (that is, as you say, a stay) of all death penalties during his first term, which is now drawing to a close. He is running for re-election. So far, at least, it doesn't seem to be a significant issue in the race.

    Fingers crossed Peter. (none / 0) (#3)
    by Chuck0 on Wed Aug 15, 2018 at 11:38:23 AM EST
    I don't know if I can stomach Bone Spurs lite (Wagner) as governor of PA. If that happens, I may have to migrate south to MD. I'll take Hogan over Wagner any day.

    Fun fact. I live about 2 miles from our guv's home in Mt. Wolf.


    Nitrogen gas (none / 0) (#6)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Sun Aug 19, 2018 at 11:06:50 AM EST
    No pain, no choking.  

    physician assisted suicide (none / 0) (#4)
    by thomas rogan on Wed Aug 15, 2018 at 03:12:04 PM EST
    The plain fact is that states and countries debate allowing physician assisted suicide.  No one suggests that people using medications to die "with dignity" are dying cruel and unusual deaths.  The death penalty is not "horrible".  If people want to impose their moral beliefs about the death penalty on society as a whole then I'm all for that (after all, that's what Pope Francis and the Catholic church are all about too).

     Current Death with Dignity Laws
    Five states and Washington, D.C., have death with dignity statutes:

    California (End of Life Option Act; approved in 2015, in effect from 2016)
    Colorado (End of Life Options Act; 2016)
    District of Columbia (D.C. Death with Dignity Act; 2016/2017)
    Hawaii (Our Care, Our Choice Act; 2018/2019)
    Oregon (Oregon Death with Dignity Act; 1994/1997)
    Vermont (Patient Choice and Control at the End of Life Act; 2013)
    Washington (Washington Death with Dignity Act; 2008)

    There is (none / 0) (#5)
    by MKS on Wed Aug 15, 2018 at 08:47:26 PM EST
    an obvious difference between the two, doctor. Surely you know what that is.

    The obvious difference (1.00 / 2) (#7)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Sun Aug 19, 2018 at 11:09:28 AM EST
    Is saving money for both private and public health care providers.