Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio) released a statement on Friday, February 10, 2017, explaining that due to a federal magistrate’s ruling on Jan. 26, 2017, staying three scheduled executions due to the state’s use of midazolam, a total of eight executions in Ohio have had to be rescheduled.
Ohio was the first state to use midazolam in its lethal injection protocol after pharmaceutical companies blocked the sale of the barbiturate, pentobarbital, for use in executions. The use of midazolam in lethal injections in Ohio and other states, including Alabama, Arizona and Oklahoma, when it became known that the deaths of some inmates not only took minutes and even hours, but that the inmates struggled to breathe and writhed in pain, often while yet conscious.
In December 2016, the state of Arizona announced it would no longer use midazolam for executions.
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