Dr. Mark Dershwitz, an anesthesiologist and pharmacologist at the University Of Massachusetts Medical Center, was hired by the state of Ohio as an expert witness in litigation against the state regarding the death penalty. The state asked the anesthesiology expert witness to prepare a declaration that could be filed in court explaining that the single injection would work and would be painless and fast.
The state opted for a change after a failed attempt to execute Romell Broom with a three-drug cocktail. Although the country is watching closely, for now no other states have changed their method of lethal injection. Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia are among those who say they will continue using the three-drug method.
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