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article imageHospital staff say they were tricked into selling execution drugs

By Walter McDaniel     Aug 11, 2014 in Health
Lake Charles - It is clear that a local hospital sold state prison officials drugs used to execute prisoners. What is not so clear is whether the hospital staff knew what jailers were going to use them for.
Official court records recorded that 20 vials of hydromorphone came from Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. Officials had the midazolam, which is a sedative, needed to pair with the drug already. With the pain reliever, hydromorphone, they could carry out their executions as scheduled and they did.
In this two-drug cocktail one part of it cuts down on the pain while another administers a high dose of sedative. Such a high dose that the patient figuratively goes to sleep forever. Use of the drug hydromorphone is controversial after executing Joseph Wood. Under normal circumstances prison managers use drug combinations to make prisoners pass away quickly and painlessly. Instead he suffered for around two hours. Readers should note that from what we have heard so far prison executives plan to continue using the drugs.
Pentobarbital was originally used to execute prisoners but the system had run out of this over time. Therefore they switched over to the two-drug cocktail. All of these drugs mentioned here have been part of the debate on the death penalty. One New York Times journalist says they have led to "Agonizing Deaths". Not everyone agrees on this subject as they see the death penalty as a "necessary evil".
Due to this the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital staff checked on the situation. Now they assert that they were never told that guards executed people with it. According to their reports officials thought that it would be used for patients in the medical ward.
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