Oklahoma Attorney General Has Confidence in Lethal Injections

The state of Texas is down to it’s last dose of lethal injection drugs after an execution Wednesday night in San Antonio.

And while the debate over the safety of current injection drugs continues, Oklahoma’s attorney general says he has full confidence in his state’s execution protocol.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt says the drug in question midazolam doesn’t cause inmates cruel and ususual pain.

Midazolam is the first drug used in the three-drug cocktail, it is designed to numb the inmate, causing no pain when the other two drugs are injected.

Pruitt says the stay was needed due to public perception.

“I didn’t want there to be any perception, because it is an untrue perception that Oklahoma was not thoughtful and sober in it’s approach to carrying out the death penalty. It was very important to me to make sure the perception in the marketplace was that Oklahoma is thoughtful,” Attorney General Scott Pruitt said.

Pruitt says states are facing difficulty obtaining the drug.

European pharmaceutical companies have cut exports due to scrutiny from groups opposing the dealth penalty.

Supreme Court hearings on the issue are set to take place in April.

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