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US states consider using powerful fentanyl to execute inmates

Fentanyl, a potent drug playing a major role in the US opioid crisis described by Donald Trump as a "plague," is now under consideration for use in lethal cocktails to execute inmates.

The states of Nevada and Nebraska are planning to supply prison executioners with the opioid painkiller -- which killed more than 20,000 people in the United States in 2016 -- drawing criticism from doctors and activists who call the move a dangerous human experiment.

They warn of serious risks posed to death row prisoners, who effectively become guinea pigs against their will.

Fentanyl, which also acts as an anesthetic, is 50 times more powerful than heroin and up to 100 times stronger than morphine.

The bid to use fentanyl as a capital punishment tool is due to a shortage of drugs normally used in lethal injections and is not grounded in scientific analysis, according to Deborah Denno, an expert on lethal injection at Fordham University.

"The use of fentanyl by states greatly heightens the risk of a botched -- and therefore painful -- execution in the ways that past execution drugs have demonstrated," she told AFP.

"Each new drug introduces yet another reckless exercise by states in selecting protocols based solely on their accessibility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that the death penalty, as carried out in the United States, is morally wrong and repugnant, because it is inevitably the poor, and poorly legally represented, criminals who have this sentence passed upon them.

A Hillary Clinton, even if she started stabbing people to death in broad daylight, in front of witnesses (of course, someone like her most probably has assassins on speed dial, but I digress), would never have such sentence imposed upon her due to her personal wealth and connections.

She would, of course, have the money to hire a "dream team" of attornies to get the charges either dropped, or substantially modified. And she would not spend one day in jail, following her plea bargain.

Not so for America's poor.

And the chain of evidence, including DNA evidence, is handled so sloppily here in the United States that there is a national student movement, called the innocence project, to exonerate wrongly accused and convicted people through examining DNA evidence:

The Innocence Project

That the US needs such an organisation is an horrific embarrassment to its judicial process.

Until we can restore life to those wrongly executed, the US penal system has no right in taking it. I am no snowflake or bleeding heart; but life incarceration at hard labor, seems to me to be a reasonable alternative to execution.

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