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States to try new ways of executing prisoners. Their latest idea? Opioids.

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The synthetic painkiller fentanyl has been the driving force behind the nation’s opioid epidemic, killing tens of thousands of Americans last year in overdoses. Now two states want to use the drug’s powerful properties for a new purpose: to execute prisoners on death row.
As Nevada and Nebraska push for the country’s first fentanyl-assisted executions, doctors and death penalty opponents are fighting those plans. They have warned that such an untested use of fentanyl could lead to painful, botched executions, comparing the use of it and other new drugs proposed for lethal injection to human experimentation.
States are increasingly pressed for ways to carry out the death penalty because of problems obtaining the drugs they long have used, primarily because pharmaceutical companies are refusing to supply their drugs for executions.
The situation has led states such as Florida, Ohio and Oklahoma to turn to novel drug combinations for executions. Mississippi legalized nitrogen gas this s…

Nine 'Hardcore Terrorists' Given Death Penalty in Pakistan

VOA News -- Pakistan's military courts have handed down the death penalty to nine men the courts described as "hardcore terrorists."

The military said Friday the condemned men include an al-Qaida militant and a member of the Pakistani Taliban.

It was not immediately clear when or where the men would be executed.

Pakistan lifted a 2008 moratorium on the death penalty after a massacre at a Peshawar school killed 134 children in 2014.

Critics say the military court trials fail to meet fair trial standards.

Pakistan hanged 326 people in 2015.

Source: VOA News, January 1, 2016

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