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Reports on a number of recent
executions reveal that some
prisoners take many minutes to
die, and others become very
distressed, because the method
is not working as intended.
Dr Koniaris and colleagues say
their findings suggest that in
some cases the dose of the
anasthetic, thiopental, is not
sufficient to cause death and
may even not be enough to keep
the prisoner unconscious for the
duration of the execution.
They also suggest that the dose
of potassium chloride is
sometimes not enough to stop
the heart, which results in
prisoners being conscious while
the paralysis brought about by
the pancuronium bromide
asphyxiates them.
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