Nevada Postpones Planned Execution Using Fentanyl

Nevada Postpones Planned Execution Using Fentanyl
July 12, 2018 Elijah James Logan

Convicted murderer Scott Dozier has clearly and repeatedly stated that he wants to be executed. The planned execution, using a three-drug cocktail, had been set for Wednesday evening at Ely State Prison in Nevada. Experts say it would be the first time the opioid fentanyl was used in a U.S. execution. However, a pharmaceutical company filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Nevada State Department of Corrections over plans to use one of its drugs, midazolam, in the execution. And on Wednesday, Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez “disallowed the use of the drug,” effectively putting the execution on hold, The Associated Press reported. Department of Corrections Public Information Officer Brooke Santina said in an emailed statement that Dozier’s execution “will not take place until further notice.” Alvogen, the pharmaceutical company, said in a statement that it “does not condone the use of any of its drug products, including midazolam, for use in state sponsored executions.” It

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