Ohio To Increase Lethal Injection Drug Dosage

The Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections said Monday it will increase its lethal injection drug dosage.(Photo: Flickr)
The Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections said Monday it will increase its lethal injection drug dosage.(Photo: Flickr)

Ohio said it is increasing the dosage of the lethal injection drugs used to put condemned inmates to death.

The state said it is boosting the amount of the two-drug combo of a sedative and painkiller “to allay any remaining concerns” after the last execution, when an inmate made repeated snorting-like gasps as he died during his Jan. 14 execution.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said, “After the review, the Department remains confident that it conducted the execution in a humane, constitutional way and that the inmate was completely unconscious and felt no pain.”

In an email, Smith went on to say, “After speaking with the Department’s medical expert, examining other states’ practices and considering the recommendations of the inmate’s medical expert, the Department finds no harm in increasing the dosage levels of its drugs and has notified Judge Frost of this revision.”

The state’s policy change comes 30 days before the next scheduled execution on May 28, when a man convicted of killing a Cleveland produce vendor in 1983 is set to die.

McGuire’s 26-minute execution was the longest since Ohio resumed putting inmates to death in 1999.

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