Friday, April 21, 2017

These Drugs Could Save Lives, But Are Being Stockpiled to Kill People Instead

These Drugs Could Save Lives, But Are Being Stockpiled to Kill People Instead

It’s a cruel conundrum: States that could use drugs to save lives are instead using them to kill. In the U.S., 31 states carry out capital punishment, and a recent study has found states that use lethal injections to kill inmates are stockpiling drugs that could be used for tens of thousands of life-saving surgeries.

These Drugs Sit In Prisons When They Could Be Used For Saving Lives

The study investigated four of the 31 states that still carry out capital punishment — Arkansas, Mississippi, Arizona and Virginia. It found that these states were stockpiling enormous stashes of medications used for executions that could instead be used to treat 11,257 patients via surgeries or other life-saving procedures.

  

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