COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's death chamber is set to resume executions next month using a single drug that has been used in the U.S. to euthanize pets but never to put condemned prisoners to death.
Barring legal challenges, condemned inmate Kenneth Biros is scheduled Dec. 8 to be the first prisoner in the nation to be executed using a single dose of the drug thiopental sodium instead of the combination of three drugs that the state had been using.
Clearly the current three-drug cocktail has led to several botched executions. Changing to a procedure that is more reliable is a way to minimize the suffering of the condemned. While executions are becoming increasingly rare, if we are going to conduct them, they should be swift, painless, and sure.
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