Ohio Vows End to Death Penalty Drug Mixture
The state of Ohio will no longer use a two-drug combination for the death penalty by lethal injection.
The previously untested combination of midazolam (a sedative) and hydromorphone (a powerful analgesic) was administered for the first and last time for the execution of Dennis McGuire last year. The cocktail caused McGuire to choke and gasp until he died 15 minutes later. Lethal injection should be physically painless and take up to five minutes when done properly. His family sued the state, claiming that his death amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. McGuire is not the only inmate to suffer from a botched lethal injection execution in the U.S. last year.