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Can’t Get Drugs for Executions? Hire a Dutch Doctor

The manufacturer of a drug used in executions can’t produce it anymore–making lethal injections problematic. From the story:

The legitimacy of the death penalty in the U.S. is regularly debated. But now, at least 35 states that already administer capital punishment may no longer be able to do so. Hospira, the only American manufacturer of the drug sodium thiopental, has decided to halt production of the anaesthetic commonly used in lethal injections. The decision comes after Hospira’s attempt to produce the drug at its facility outside Milan was thwarted by Italian officials who demanded the drug not be used for executions.

Hmmm. I have an idea. Just ask a Dutch or Belgian doctor to bring his medical kit.

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