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    Arkansas execution drugs intended for surgery, heart issues

    Arkansas execution drugs intended for surgery, heart issues
    Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press Updated 5:15 pm, Thursday, April 20, 2017

     

     

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Despite numerous legal challenges that already have derailed two of eight executions planned for April, Arkansas has vowed to press ahead with plans to carry out executions Thursday and next week, before its supply of a key lethal injection drug expires.

    Arkansas’ death penalty protocol includes two drugs that are typically used in surgery and one that benefits cardiac patients.

    A look at the drugs:

    MIDAZOLAM

    Midazolam, which Arkansas hasn’t yet used in an execution, would be the first of the three drugs administered and would be used to sedate the inmate. Because the state’s supply reaches its expiration date April 30, Arkansas scheduled eight executions before then.

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