Information on Ohio's New Execution Protocol


Ohio is the first state in the country to abandon the practice of paralyzing inmates before executing them. In a new lethal injection protocol unveiled on November 13, 2009, prison officials said that they will no longer use pancuronium bromide, a paralyzing drug, or the excruciatingly painful potassium chloride to execute inmates. Instead, executions will involve an overdose of one drug, an anesthetic. The development of the new protocol comes in response to the failed execution of Romell Broom, the third problematic execution in Ohio in as many years.


Review the new protocol here.



Updated: February 2, 2010







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