Sunday, 16 September 2007

The use of pancuronium bromide during an execution

Due to the effects of the paralytic drug, several members of the Governor`s Commission questioned the wisdom of using pancuronium bromide during an execution.

It is used for merely cosmetic reasons but it significantly increases the risk
that the prisoner will be subjected to agonizing pain
and be unable to communicate the fact.

The use of pancuronium bromide or a similar paralytic
serves at best minimal state interests,
but greatly increases the risk of unnecessary and extreme pain.

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