hello to everyone, 1st post on here and maybe a stupid question but why did the state need to give him mild sedatives where other states do not ? And what classes as mild ? I know missouri makes you have an antihistermine which helps the drugs flow, sorry for the weird question but just curious if he was sorta out of it or was very concious of what was happening
Haywire, the most common drug used is Ativan which is an anti-anxiety drug. As you say an antihistamine is widely used as well, with the most common being Vistaril.
Out of the 38 states with the DP….19 offers a form of sedative.
Main points that are raised by their use:
1) It keeps the condemned docile which some believe prevents unnecessary torture being tantamount to “cruel and unusual” punishment
2) It helps the prison staff deal with the execution procedure as the condemned is more compliant. This reduces the burden and stress upon the prison staff.
3) Some believe it takes away from the course of justice because most crimes committed are not done under sedated medication.
4) Some believe it paints an unrealistic picture of the event as it shows the world (via media witnesses) that death is calm.
5) Sedatives are generally administered by physicians or doctors and it brings up the whole Hippocratic Oath debate.
Hopefully that helps answer your questions (and welcome)