After all, we are killing them.
Ohio says it's switching its lethal injection drug from a scarce anesthetic to one commonly used in surgery as a shortage of the drug normally used for executions has worsened.
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Tuesday the state will use a single, powerful dose of pentobarbital, an anesthetic used in heart surgeries and already adopted by Oklahoma.
The drug replaces sodium thiopental, which was already in short supply when its only U.S. manufacturer announced last week it would no longer produce it.
Ohio prison officials say the version of pentobarbital the state is adopting is a different type of the drug than one used by veterinarians to euthanize pets.
Personally, I remain committed to the notion that we should revert to the practice of injecting lead to the base of the skull, 9mm at a time. It is not only effective, but it is cheaper as well – and removes the ethical concerns of some medical groups about allowing medical professionals to be involved in executions.