Ohio halts executions, plans to use new mix of drugs in 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case this year challenging the state of Oklahoma’s drug protocol on the grounds that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Ohio is eliminating the use of the two-drug regimen midazolam and hydromorphone. Thiopental sodium, a drug previously used in the state from 1999 to 2011, will be added to the protocol.
Meanwhile, to address the problem of drug shortages, Ohio lawmakers passed a bill in late 2014 (HB 663) that shields the identities of companies that provide lethal-injection drugs to the state. Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio and South Dakota are among the 32 U.S. states with capital punishment, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
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