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Oklahoma says running out of death penalty drug
Reuters ^ | May 2, 2012 | By Steve Olafson

Posted on 05/02/2012 6:47:19 PM PDT by Brandonmark

Oklahoma, which executes more prisoners per capita than any other state, said on Wednesday it has only one remaining dose of pentobarbital, a key drug used to kill condemned prisoners.

One reason the state is running out is because of a ban on the sale of drugs for such purposes by the European Union, which opposes the death penalty.

Oklahoma has a single vial of pentobarbital left after the execution on Tuesday night of 57-year-old Michael B. Selsor, prison spokesman Jerry Massie said.

Oklahoma is the first state to publicly admit it has nearly exhausted supplies of the drug but other states may follow because of the EU clamp down, said Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C.

Pentobarbital is a sedative that is the first of a three-drug cocktail administered by Oklahoma. It is followed by vecuronium bromide, which stops breathing, and potassium chloride, which stops the heart.

Oklahoma was the first state in the country to use pentobarbital in 2010 after a shortage of another anesthetic, sodium thiopental, caused penal officials in death penalty states to look for an alternative.

Eleven other states also use it. Arizona and Ohio use a single injection of pentobarbital for executions while nine states use the multi-drug protocol, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Lundbeck Inc, the only manufacturer of pentobarbital, is located in Denmark and forbids its U.S.-based wholesalers from selling the drug for lethal injections, while the European Union forbids its member countries from exporting drugs for executions.

Oklahoma could resort to another anesthetic never used before in executions, Massie said, or it could try to tap existing supplies of pentobarbital.

A third option, he said, would entail going back to sodium thiopental.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: deathpenalty; felony; oklahoma
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What's wrong with temporarily using a firing squad?
1 posted on 05/02/2012 6:47:24 PM PDT by Brandonmark
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To: Brandonmark

Rope is cheap.


2 posted on 05/02/2012 6:49:31 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: Brandonmark

Gee, couldn’t there be any other drug that would work?


3 posted on 05/02/2012 6:51:08 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: Brandonmark

Why not Cyanide? Load’em up on enough Oxy/benzos, or Heroine to kill an elephant. A bullet to the head?

We figured out the whole death thing a long time ago, so it isn’t difficult.


4 posted on 05/02/2012 6:51:22 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Brandonmark
Just to pi$$ off those spineless Europeans scumbags I think we should start shooting them in the back of the head just like their good pals the Soviets and the Chinese do it.
5 posted on 05/02/2012 6:53:11 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: Brandonmark

Various other means come to mind. Not a really clever bunch if OK’s officials are stumped by this situation.


6 posted on 05/02/2012 6:53:33 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Brandonmark
Isn't Ketamine available?

/johnny

7 posted on 05/02/2012 6:53:52 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Brandonmark

Here’s an opportunity for a real gutsy decision by Obama.


8 posted on 05/02/2012 6:54:13 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: Brandonmark

I still think they should use LSD first, kinda
get them in the mood for when the executioners
come in wearing lifelike masks of their victim.

Either that or drano first.


9 posted on 05/02/2012 6:54:36 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Brandonmark

I know a lot of OK cowboys and they ALL have ropes.


10 posted on 05/02/2012 6:55:33 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Brandonmark

Why rely on expensive, scarce and complex chemical compounds when a single abundant element (i.e. lead) dispatches the vermin cheaply, quickly and painlessly?


11 posted on 05/02/2012 6:56:56 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Brandonmark

"Why don't you shoot him now? I mean, come on, I'll go get a gun. We'll shoot 'im together. It'll be fun. BANG! Dead. Done."

12 posted on 05/02/2012 6:57:05 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: tet68
when the executioners come in wearing lifelike masks of their victim.

Should I be ashamed to say I like how you think?

13 posted on 05/02/2012 6:57:08 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Brandonmark

The constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. It does not guarantee a painless execution.


14 posted on 05/02/2012 6:57:44 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: LucyT

Electric Chair. We still have our old one in Georgia. Wipe off the dust and rewire it with new wires and we’re gtg.


15 posted on 05/02/2012 6:58:30 PM PDT by Brownie63
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To: LucyT

Rope is cheap.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

So is a bullet. We could do a “Saddam” and send the killer’s family a bill for the lead slug.


16 posted on 05/02/2012 6:59:00 PM PDT by ak267
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To: Scoutmaster

No, you should not.


17 posted on 05/02/2012 6:59:10 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Do you know why I love reptiles? It's because they don't play guitars or ukuleles.)
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To: Brandonmark

Lead poisoning has been found effective.


18 posted on 05/02/2012 7:00:04 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Brownie63
Electric Chair. We still have our old one in Georgia. Wipe off the dust and rewire it with new wires and we’re gtg.

And don't dampen the sponge. (ever see The Green Mile?)

19 posted on 05/02/2012 7:00:22 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Brandonmark

20 posted on 05/02/2012 7:01:04 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Brandonmark
every plan needs an alternative - guillotine, electric chair, etc.
21 posted on 05/02/2012 7:01:56 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Brandonmark
every plan needs an alternative - guillotine, electric chair, etc.
22 posted on 05/02/2012 7:02:01 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Brandonmark
every plan needs an alternative - guillotine, electric chair, etc.
23 posted on 05/02/2012 7:02:15 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Brandonmark
A mask with pure nitrogen will get the job done just fine. No pain. Unconscious in 30 to 60 seconds. Seven minutes to brain death. Cheap. No physical trauma.
24 posted on 05/02/2012 7:03:03 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Doogle

25 posted on 05/02/2012 7:03:11 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Brandonmark

Might I recommend high-velocity lead poisoning?


26 posted on 05/02/2012 7:03:31 PM PDT by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: Scoutmaster

Really, the acid, good pure stuff, maybe a fog machine,
then they come in and start laughing
maniacally and poking him with pitch forks.

Then it’s off to the other world amids laughter
and derision. Give him something to think about
on the way.


27 posted on 05/02/2012 7:04:50 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Brandonmark

Execute them...the same way they killed their victims.


28 posted on 05/02/2012 7:06:05 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: Doogle

Interesting concept....execution with a by-product.


29 posted on 05/02/2012 7:07:08 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: dfwgator

Ah, yes...the gratuitous “Pulp Fiction” reference. Well played.


30 posted on 05/02/2012 7:08:13 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Brandonmark

I don’t see why we can’t just do it like they do to cows at a slaughter house. Pneumatic rod to the skull. Instant unconsciousness followed a few seconds later by brain death. No pain what so ever.


31 posted on 05/02/2012 7:08:13 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Brandonmark

Secobarbital is just as potent and has just about the same effects, further its marketed by an American outfit.

I can’t see where this is such an insurmountable problem.


32 posted on 05/02/2012 7:08:17 PM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: I_Like_Spam

It’s tough because the people we’ve tasked with carrying this out are squeamish, and don’t really want to come up with alternatives.


33 posted on 05/02/2012 7:10:47 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Brandonmark


The blast wave from C-4 moves faster than a nerve impulse. So put a block of C-4 on each side of the guys head and set them off. He is dead before the nerve impulse registering the pain reaches the spot where his brain was. Messy but cheap, painless and nearly impossible to screw up.
34 posted on 05/02/2012 7:11:53 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: umgud

If the execution is a success the executed won’t complain.

Why not use bleach?


35 posted on 05/02/2012 7:12:55 PM PDT by rfreedom4u (Democracy and islam are not compatible!)
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To: I_Like_Spam

You’d think there was some kind of horse tranquillizer
that would work just as well.

Maybe a shot of Meth just to get that ole heart beating
good, make every thing crystal clear.


36 posted on 05/02/2012 7:14:12 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Brandonmark

What’s wrong with Old Sparky? I’m sure they could use 100% “green” sources of power to make the environmentalists happy.


37 posted on 05/02/2012 7:14:44 PM PDT by matt04
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To: elpadre
every plan needs an alternative - guillotine, electric chair, etc.

In NH, if it's not possible to use lethal injection, they go to the backup method: Hanging.

38 posted on 05/02/2012 7:16:23 PM PDT by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: LucyT
Beat me to it! hey said public execution wasn't really a deterrent. So what! I good public hanging was a great excuse to party. I say we bring it back!
39 posted on 05/02/2012 7:16:48 PM PDT by brewguru
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To: Brandonmark
They got plenty of the stuff here in Pennsylvania.


40 posted on 05/02/2012 7:20:07 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Brandonmark
Something is amiss. All they have to do is call a veterinarian anywhere in the state. I have half a case if they need it. I am sure Stillwater has several cases of the drug.
41 posted on 05/02/2012 7:20:21 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Brandonmark

At this wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment_in_the_United_States

It says OK uses lethal injection primarily but it does have secondary methods.

The other methods according to this wiki are as follows.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment_in_Oklahoma

“However if lethal injection is to ever be outlawed the state has two secondary options outlined in its state constitution. The first being Electrocution by electric chair which was used before the national moratorium began in 1967, with shooting by firing squad as the second option should both lethal injection and electrocution be outlawed.”


42 posted on 05/02/2012 7:22:31 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: MAexile
In NH, if it's not possible to use lethal injection, they go to the backup method: Hanging.

It hasn't replaced "They have 'Live Free or Die' as the State Motto" as my number one reason for liking New Hampshire. It's not even the number two reason (a redhead from Dartmouth I used to date) - but the 'hanging as a backup' idea is a clear number three.

43 posted on 05/02/2012 7:28:38 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Myrddin

I like that.

I think you are a bit optimistic with the time though. 30 to 60 seconds? I can hold my breath for 90+ seconds ...or at least I could when I was in my 20s.


44 posted on 05/02/2012 7:29:35 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: LucyT

A small donation to the National Park Service at nearby Ft. Smith just might let them put this historical relic to good use.

45 posted on 05/02/2012 7:31:19 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: rfreedom4u

WTF never heard of a .45acp? Buck a round at most. Jesus.


46 posted on 05/02/2012 7:32:44 PM PDT by technically right
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To: Brandonmark

Didn’t you hear? The DHS is buying up all the ammo...lol


47 posted on 05/02/2012 7:34:05 PM PDT by Molon Labbie (A Bounty on Zimmerman, Can Be A Bounty On ANYONE. No NBPP Mob Justice!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
"...shooting by firing squad as the second option..."

LOL! Guess my initial reaction wasn't that farfetched afterall!

48 posted on 05/02/2012 7:35:43 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Brandonmark

Wouldn’t some “h” from the streets of Oklahoma City do the trick?


49 posted on 05/02/2012 7:40:27 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: Brandonmark

I’ve got some lead I’d be willing to donate


50 posted on 05/02/2012 7:48:45 PM PDT by Figment
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