Posting this in MPSIMS since, really, I’d just like to share since I haven’t seen this mentioned yet. If it gets dragged into debate, I hope the mods will move it where appropriate.
For years most US states employing capital punishment have used lethal injection to execute their convicts. In the past, this was done in three successive stages; sodium thiopental to induce unconsciousness, a skeletal muscle paralytic to freeze the diaphragm, and a jab of KCl for cardiac arrest.
This has, to me, always seemed like a fantastically retarded way to kill somebody, but I can see why it’s used. It’s a very formulaic, systematic kind of method. Put them to sleep, stop their breathing, stop their heart. Death by the numbers. But unfortunately, they tend to fuck it up. Constantly. Dumbasses mix the shit together and precipitate it into a white, gunky mass freezes in the lines. Dosages are miscalculated. Retards try to preform cutdowns for vascular access. Humane, it isn’t.
I (and many here on the SDMB, I’ve read,) have often mused aloud: why not just spike these unfortunates with a massive dose of fast-acting sedatives? Why not indeed - Ohio has finally done this for the first time, injecting multiple grams of sodium thiopental, an ulta-fast acting barbiturate, into Kenneth Biros.
I say: about fuckin’ time. If you think this method is inhumane (rather than capital punishment itself, which is a can of worms better opened in GD) then you must also think getting put under for surgery is torture, too.
No big revelations to present. I’m just boggled that it took so long to figure this out.