Lethal Injections By Dr. Ralph Gray Essay

2183 Words Nov 13th, 2016 9 Pages
Lethal injections have been a controversial topic for many centuries. People have many opinions as to if lethal injections are humane or if the act violates the Constitution. The use of lethal injections became a topic of interest around the 1980s. The first lethal injection execution was administered by Dr. Ralph Gray in 1982. The execution went successfully and from there the use of lethal injections became more popular, which started arguments as people expressed their opinions. For example, the correct dosage, protocol, medicalization of execution, ethics of health care professionals, and participations of health care professionals; all raise a red flag as to if lethal injections are constitutional. In my opinion, lethal injections are the most humane and effective way to execute prisoners; than past execution methods, like the electric chair, gas chambers, hanging, or firing squad. There will always talk about whether the process is unconstitutional or not; everyone is entitled to their own opinion so no matter what the federal government rules lethal injections as, there will always be someone that isn’t happy about that outcome. One of the most arguable issues is the protocol and the three drugs administered. The drugs used are mimicked off of anesthetic drugs used for general surgery: sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide, and potassium chloride. Sodium thiopental is an ultra-short-acting barbiturate which is commonly used to induce a medical coma. Pancuronium…

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