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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…

Pakistan: Two death row convicts hanged in Haripur

HARIPUR (Dunya News) - Two death row convicts were hanged in the Central Jail Haripur on early Thursday morning, Dunya News reported.

The dead bodies of the prisoners were handed over to their families after the execution.

According to details, death row convict Ali Raza was hanged for killing a man in 2004 while prisoner Farhad was executed for murdering a man in 1997.

Six-year moratorium on death penalty was lifted on December 17, 2014 for those convicted for terrorism a day after the deadly attack on Army Public School in Peshawar that left 150 persons including mostly children dead.

There are more than 8,000 prisoners on death row in the country.

Source: dunyanews.tv, April 28, 2016

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