The recent execution of Arizona inmate, Joseph R. Wood III, has some people questioning the use of lethal injection. The injection used on Mr. Wood was a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone. It is the same combination that was used during an execution in Ohio; witnesses to the Ohio executive claimed that the prisoner was gasping for air. Lethal injection normally takes about “10-15 minutes,” but Wood’s execution dragged on for nearly 2 hours. Some witnesses allege that Mr. Wood was “repeatedly gasping” for air, while Arizona officials stated that he was “comatose” throughout the entire execution.
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