Arkansas executions raise questions again about sedative
April 26, 2017
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has executed three inmates in the past week using a sedative that's been the subject of multiple court challenges since it was first used by Florida in 2013. A look at midazolam and its role in U.S. executions:
HOW DOCTORS USE IT
Midazolam is an anti-anxiety drug, similar to Valium or Ativan. It can be used to reduce anxiety before surgery and to sedate patients. Some states have used it in smaller doses to calm inmates before an execution under the brand name Versed.
WHAT STATES ARE USING IT
Six states have used midazolam as the first step in eit...