Sniff the gas

Oklahoma says it’s going to use nitrogen gas in future to carry out executions, because it can’t hold hold of drugs to do them by lethal injection.

The State Attorney General, Mike Hunter, said: “We can no longer sit on the sidelines and wait on the drugs, and that using nitrogen would be “effective, simple to administer, easy to obtain and requires no complex medical procedures.”

Oklahoma is keen on executions – it’s done 112 of them since 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, coming just behind second-place Virginia (113) and very distant from first-place Texas (548).

There are 17 people awaiting execution in the state.

Nitrogen gas induces hypoxia, the deprivation of oxygen, and has never been used before in executions.

Picture source: David J.