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COLUMBUS (Reuters) – Johnnie Baston, a man convicted of killing a Toledo store owner, became the first person executed in Ohio with a drug that is often used to euthanize pets and other animals
Sodium pentobarbital is also used for judicial executions by lethal injection in the People's Republic of China. It has been approved for use in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. On December 16, 2010, John David Duty of Oklahoma became the first American to be executed by pentobarbital. On March 10, 2011, Ohio followed Oklahoma in executing its 1st inmate using pentobarbital.  The U.S. offices of the Danish manufacturer of Pentobarbital, Lundbeck, Inc., has expressed displeasure at this use of their product. 
Pentobarbital has also been used for physician-assisted suicide. It is used in the US state of Oregon for this purpose  and is also used by the Swiss euthanasia group Dignitas. Pentobarbital was also used for this purpose in the Northern Territory of Australia, prior to euthanasia becoming illegal in that region. In the Netherlands, a pentobarbital elixir is used for physician-assisted suicide (an alternative to euthanasia for patients who wish to take the barbiturate needed for the lethal cocktail themselves, instead of having it administered intravenously, in which case thiopental is used). Pentobarbital has no current therapeutic use in the Netherlands, and is only used for this purpose. Typically, when orally ingested for euthanasia purposes, an antiemetic drug is swallowed approximately 30 minutes before the lethal overdose of pentobarbital. This is done because large concentrated doses of pentobarbital may cause vomiting. In this role, pentobarbital is highly sought after by people wishing to end their lives but not allowed to do so under their country's laws. It is therefore often smuggled across borders from countries where it is still available over-the-counter such as Mexico, or purchased through illegal mail orders.
Along with pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride, thiopental is used in 34 states of the U.S. to execute prisoners by lethal injection. A very large dose is given to ensure rapid loss of consciousness. Although death usually occurs within ten minutes of the beginning of the injection process, some have been known to take longer. The use of sodium thiopental in execution protocols was challenged in court after a study in the medical journal The Lancet reported autopsies of executed inmates showed the level of thiopental in their bloodstream was insufficient to cause unconsciousness.
Baston, who was 20 at the time of the murder, admitted to participating in the robbery but denied shooting Chong Mah. Baston said he had no intention to kill anyone, and that an accomplice had committed the murder.
The defense argued in an appeal for clemency that the family of the victim did not want Baston to be sentenced to death and still opposed his execution.
The defense also argued that Baston, who had been abandoned by his mother and abused by his father, has been a model inmate and participated in several community service projects.
Originally posted by DaddyBare
So rather then have something merciful and designed for the purpose they have to fall back on the proven methods of the local dog pound
Originally posted by Ophiuchus 13
reply to post by DaddyBare
Sad thing is those who pull the execution trigger are gonna be judged by the real judge for his executioner would of handled them souls. I really think this is forgotten by those who think its only a job. HOW! GOD forbid some of the executed were innocent That blood on them hands now...