Lethal injection

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A corrections officer preparing for a lethal injection.

Lethal injection is a method of execution used in capital punishment. The usual procedure for lethal injection involves strapping a prisoner down to a gurney-style bed. Two sets of intravenous tubes are inserted into each of the prisoner's arms. A typical lethal injection will include three drugs:

An alternative method uses only Sodium Pentathol as the single drug, in a lethal quantity.

Lethal injection was first used on December 7, 1982, when Charlie Brooks was executed in Texas.[1]

Death by lethal injection has not traditionally been believed to be painful as the inmate will lose consciousness prior to the death-inducing drugs being pumped in their veins. Recent medical findings, however, have called this into question.[2]

Lethal injection is the preferred method for executions in the United States. It has also been used in China, Guatemala and the Philippines.[3]


  1. http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/stat/drowfacts.htm
  2. http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/264/story/19957.html
  3. http://www.richard.clark32.btinternet.co.uk/injection.html