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May 27, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Use heroin as new execution method

G.E. Nordell

Rio Communities, New Mexico

To the editor:

There is a safe and humane execution method for jurisdictions that have laws authorizing application of capital punishment.

The Oklahoma execution of Clayton Lockett in April was officially aborted, but then Lockett died of a heart attack. Cruel, certainly, but not that unusual.

The provides an incomplete listing of over 40 botched executions since 1982. Ten are by electrocution, mostly because the first jolt did not do the job; the second jolt often produced the smell of burning flesh.

The executions by injection included problems finding suitable veins, equipment failures, and violent reactions to the drugs.

The solution is execution by heroin.

First, the drug is readily available and in common use, so no surprises.

Second, heroin produces pleasure, which is why it is so addictive. Drug overdoses usually occur because the “junkie” wants a really good time this time. The use of heroin for execution eliminates the hurdle of the “cruel and unusual” clause in the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Third, the reporting on TV and other media about “execution by heroin injection” will counter the belief of many that heroin is no big deal. Street people, high school kids, business execs, and movie stars all figure that they 'can handle it' – and as news reports remind us, that is often not the case.

The message from using heroin for executions is that “Heroin Kills.”

Good solution? Heroin for executions is simple, effective, legal, fast-working – and deadly.


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