A federal judge ripped executioners a new one in his dissent in a death penalty case because the pharmacy that whipped up the lethal dose of phenobarbital had no experience in that particular process. See US judge attacks states' lethal injection methods as 'high school chemistry' in which the judge asserted that the condemned's right to a pain free death might be violated.
So, with drug companies halting the production of lethal injection drugs, executioners are looking for alternatives. Don't even think about bringing back old sparky. If phenobarbital is too barbaric, the electric chair wouldn't stand a chance.
Here's the tip. Use carbon monoxide. It's lethal and painless. In fact, many innocent victims of CO exposure sleep through the whole experience. From what first had survivors say, you just go to sleep without even realizing what's happening. And if there is no intervention, death ensues.
It seems that when a person breathes in too much carbon dioxide, he/she gasps for breath and has the feeling of suffocation. But carbon monoxide has a different effect. The body is fooled into thinking its getting good air and doesn't realize what's happening. It's sleep, sleep, sleep, death - in that order.
Here's another tip. They could use an ethanol fueled internal combustion engine to produce the carbon monoxide and save the planet at the same time!
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