Deadly Drug Run

TitleDeadly Drug Run
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsFunke, RD, Potthast, A, Boxall, SF, Diaz-Sprague, R, Funke, MB, Myers, GA
Corporate AuthorsAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published09/2011
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsBIOETHICS , Criminal Justice , HUMAN rights , Law , Public Policy , Social Justice
AbstractBeyond disputes about the legality of the death penalty, some states have had difficulty implementing the death penalty for more practical reasons - the primary lethal injection drug, barbiturate sodium thiopental (BST) has become scarce. Some states are using pentobarbital to keep on schedule with lethal injections, an off-label use of the drug. Others have engaged in suspicious efforts to import BST from overseas. All of these acts have helped states accomplish their legal mission to successfully impose the death penalty as required by their laws. However some groups, such as the ACLU, and local public defenders are using these questionable tactics to continue their fight against the death penalty.
NotesCase Study prepared for the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Regional Competitions, 2011
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