Arizona to change execution drugs
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.