Oklahoma To Become 1st US State To Use Nitrogen Gas For Executions
Oklahoma plans to start using nitrogen gas for executions, in what would be the first such method of capital punishment in the United States.
The state is turning to nitrogen after it and other states became unable to acquire drugs required for lethal injections because of opposition from manufacturers to their products being used for capital punishment.
Nitrogen is an odourless and tasteless gas that makes up about 78% of the air humans breathe but causes death when inhaled without any oxygen.
Oklahoma has not carried out an execution since 2015 after a series of mishaps, including a botched lethal injection where an inmate was seen writhing in pain and another inmate who was executed using a drug not approved by the state.
Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor: Todd Lamb
United States -Capital: Washington, D.C., President: Donald Trump
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