Nevada and Nebraska plan to use diazepam and fentanyl in upcoming executions

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 18 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5864
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

Two US states have said they will use fentanyl, the synthetic opioid blamed for roughly half the deaths in America’s overdose epidemic, in upcoming executions of death row prisoners.

Legal challenges to scheduled executions in Nevada and Nebraska revealed that the states have adopted new lethal injection protocols after failing to replenish stocks of the drugs they previously used. The pharmaceutical industry opposes the use of its products to end life and an industry embargo has been highly effective in stopping the sale of potential execution drugs to states that carry out the death penalty.

Nevada and Nebraska have adopted a protocol that uses …

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