Drug manufacturers and pharmacies are pressured not to sell drugs for lethal injection.
Lawsuits are filed challenging untested drug regimens.
Giving someone an intentional overdose seems a simple way to kill, but it’s becoming politically complicated.
A humane alternative exists which would require only industrial supplies, not medications, and the services only of engineers, not medical personnel: inert gas asphyxiation.
The human body cannot detect the lack of oxygen; the discomfort of suffocation is triggered by an excess of carbon dioxide.
Having someone wear a mask or hood that caused him to re-breathe his exhaled air with the carbon dioxide filtered out, or putting someone in a chamber in which the air is replaced by pure nitrogen, will cause death without physical pain or distress.
If we are going to execute at all, surely a gentle death of passing out and never waking up is preferable to a return to hanging, poison gas, electrocution or the firing squad.
Why is this not being considered?