The Controversial Issue Of Lethal Injections Essay

790 Words Nov 7th, 2016 4 Pages
The topic I chose to do research on for the brochure and the position paper was the controversial issue of lethal injections; if it goes against the Constitution or not. The most interesting thing I have learned throughout my research is that one of the drugs used in the lethal injection, sodium thiopental, is commonly used for general surgery. It puts the prisoner into a medically induced coma. The two other drugs used are pancuronium bromide and potassium bromide. Pancuronium bromide stops neuromuscular activity to skeletal muscles which enables movement. Potassium bromide stops the heart, which ends the prisoner’s life. By researching this topic often, I have learned that this method of execution is the most safe and effective way. Its cost efficient, not as painful as the past methods used, and is administered by a medical professional. My perception of the topic grew because I didn’t realize so many issues are involved with lethal injections. For example, some people think that medical professionals shouldn’t carry out the act and that there are court cases of prisoners complaining about being executed by lethal injections; when they could have it so much worse with hanging or other methods. Throughout thoroughly researching my topic, I have used the Purdue Northwest library. I would use the databases that Purdue has access to, like JSTOR. Finding articles that supported lethal injections were often very difficult, since most people oppose the idea. I would often…

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