State legislator wants to use seized fentanyl in Ohio executions
[The Columbus Dispatch] A death-penalty expert calls it unworkable, but an Ohio House member intends to introduce a bill to allow the state’s condemned to be executed with illegal fentanyl seized by police.
In a Monday email, Rep. Scott Wiggam, R-Wooster, sought co-sponsors for his planned legislation, which would employ a synthetic opioid that has killed thousands of Ohioans in accidental overdoses.
"I believe that seized fentanyl (considered forefeited contraband through the court system) is the best solution" to the state’s inability to buy execution drugs from their manufacturers, Wiggam wrote.
Wiggam proposes that the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction work with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to secure fentanyl seized in law enforcement operations for lethal injection.
Posted by: Besoeker 2019-08-15