Lethal Injection

Reprieve’s Stop Lethal Injection Project (SLIP) helps pharmaceutical manufacturers, investors, and regulators prevent the misuse of medicines in the execution of prisoners.

Between 1976 and 2016 the US has executed 1442 people by lethal injection.These executions are carried out using medicines originally designed to save and improve the lives of patients. Because these drugs were not designed to kill, and are administered in experimental dosages by wardens who are not medically trained, these executions are frequently botched.

Thanks to the actions of more than 30 pharmaceutical manufacturers which have prevented the sale of their medicines for use in executions, US states cannot purchase ‘traditional’ execution drugs. All FDA-approved manufacturers of any potential execution drug have now blocked the sale of these drugs for this purpose.

Reprieve helps manufacturers break their links with the execution drug trade, supports export regulators in preventing foreign medicines being sold to death rows, and seeks to debunk the myth of the “humane execution”.

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