Ari­zona to change ex­e­cu­tion drugs

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - WORLD -

Ari­zona of­fi­cials said Mon­day they are chang­ing the drugs they use in ex­e­cu­tions after an in­mate in July gasped re­peat­edly over the course of nearly two hours while be­ing put to death.

Ari­zona no longer will use the com­bi­na­tion of mi­da­zo­lam, a seda­tive, and hy­dro- mor­phone, a pain killer, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter to Gov. Jan Brewer from Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions di­rec­tor Charles Ryan. The move comes as states have been scram­bling to find new com­bi­na­tions of lethal drugs after Euro­pean phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies re­stricted their dis­tri­bu­tion. Sev­eral pro­longed ex­e­cu­tions this year have sparked de­bate over lethal in­jec­tions in par­tic­u­lar and ex­e­cu­tions in gen­eral.

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