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Shortage of Execution Drugs in US Ohio to Use Veterinary Drug

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The state is switching its sole lethal injection drug to one commonly used to put animals to sleep as a shortage of the drug normally used for executions has worsened, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced Tuesday.

Beginning in March, the state execution team will use a single, powerful dose of pentobarbital, a common anesthetic used in surgeries and also by veterinarians to euthanize pets. The drug replaces sodium thiopental, which was already scarce when its only U.S. manufacturer announced last week it would no longer produce it.

Ohio is following the lead of Oklahoma, which switched to pentobarbital last year and has since used it three times. However, Ohio, which uses only a single dose of anesthetic to execute inmates, would become the first state to use pentobarbital alone, without two additional drugs that paralyze inmates and stop their hearts.
The prisons department said it will use its remaining supply of sodium thiopental for the scheduled execution Feb. 17 of Frank Spisak, who killed three people at Cleveland State University in 1982.

The first use of pentobarbital is planned for March's scheduled execution of Johnnie Baston of Lucas County, condemned to die for shooting the owner of a Toledo store in the back of the head during a 1994 robbery.

The switch was not unexpected. Ohio has said for weeks that while it had enough sodium thiopental for the Spisak execution, it would not comment about its supply beyond that.

The state nearly ran out of the drug last spring and almost had to postpone an execution before obtaining some at the last moment.

Ohio has no more executions currently scheduled, but prosecutors have asked the Ohio Supreme Court to set additional dates for 14 men whose appeals are concluded.

States across the country have scrambled to find supplies of sodium thiopental after Hospira Inc., of Lake Forest, Ill., the drug's lone U.S. manufacturer, stopped producing it more than a year ago.

Hospira, which produced it for medical purposes and not for executions, announced Friday it would not resume production after authorities in Italy refused to allow its production if the company couldn't guarantee it would not be used for capital punishment.
Hospira said its plant in Italy was the only viable facility where it could be manufactured.

Arizona, Arkansas, California and Tennessee are among states that found a supply of sodium thiopental in England, but that source dried up after the British government banned the drug's export for use in executions.


Earlier this month, Nebraska announced it had obtained 500 grams from a company in India.

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Guess they just need to bring back hangings then.

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The Hangin' Song from Ren & Stimpy's "Out West"

C'mon everbody! Let's have a hoedown!

Oh, Lord loves a hangin'.
That's why He gave us necks.
It tightens up our vocal cords
And loosens up our pecs.

So if you are a horse theif
And guilty to the bone,
Go ahead and blame a friend
And you won't hang alone.

It may be hard to swaller,
But you'll be three feet taller.
It's a dandy way to entertain your friends.

You say you are a villain,
But can't abide by killin';
Go ahead a steal yourself a horse.

Oh, Lord loves a hangin'.
And so do we, by heck;
So get yerself a lasso
And decorate your neck.

Oh, we is awful ignorant
And uglier 'n sin;
So go ahead 'n cut us down
And hang us all again,

Hangin' that is. Swing a spell...

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I know, candy, the embeds are a problem


and I LOVE ren and stimpy!!

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I don't care if it is humane or inhumane to kill these murderers with a drug used for animals, they took lives now they forfeit there own, I question.. "Who are the animals in this scenario"?.

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I don't care if it is humane or inhumane to kill these murderers with a drug used for animals, they took lives now they forfeit there own, I question.. "Who are the animals in this scenario"?.
animals kill out of instinct and necessity...NOT for the sheer pleasure of it.

HUMANS kill for vengeance(which is not always bad), defense(which is not always bad), and JEALOUSY, GREED, and to COVER THE TRACKS OF THEIR EVIL ACTS....AS WELL AS FOR THE SHEER PLEASURE OF IT.


ANIMALS should be put down more humanely than cold-blooded murderers.

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Cute puppy V muderer, it's a no brainer.

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I take an anti-death penalty stance. Still, it amazes me that a man (or woman) can torture and kill an innocent victim, and then have the state give them such a peaceful, humane death. I mean, if I should get terminal cancer, PUT ME ON DEATH ROW!!!

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It amazes me that they give these fuck wits a "humane, painless as possible" death but they DON'T let terminal patients have the right to assisted suicide.

We put animals down that are in pain but we don't give our own kind the option.

I'm for the death penalty and I'm for assisted suicides for terminal patients

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I'm not for the death penalty, too many miscarriages of justice already happening and enough death in the world without having to contribute more.

I am for assisted suicides as I believe if given the chance to end suffering and allow someone some dignity in their death, then its the right thing to do.

It does kinda make me laugh though how t

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