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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…

Two executed in Iran over drug charges

Execution in Iran
Iran Human Rights (JULY 29 2016): Two prisoners were reportedly executed this week, one in central Iran and the other in the northeastern region of the country.

According to a report by unofficial source HRANA, on the morning of Wednesday July 27, a prisoner was hanged at Mashhad Central Prison (northeastern Iran) on unknown charges. 

The report identifies the prisoner as Reza Sabzevari, 32 years old, former police officer who worked in the department to fight against drugs.

Unofficial source Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran reports on another execution on Wednesday July 27: a prisoner was hanged at Yazd Central Prison (central Iran) on drug related charges. 

The report identifies the prisoner as Nasrollah Reigi, imprisoned for five years before he was executed.

Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and state run media, have been silent about these two executions.

Iranian authorities have reportedly executed at least eight prisoners on Wednesday July 27th. On that day Iran Human Rights had reported on the execution of six prisoners at Darya, Urmia's central prison (northwestern Iran) on drug related charges. 

At least 50 people have been executed in Iran so far in July 2016. 

According to a recent report published by Iran Human Rights, at least 250 people have been executed in Iran so far in 2016.

Source: Iran Human Rights, July 29, 2016

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