Lethal Injection

Since 1977, more than 1,000 Americans have been executed using lethal injection.

This method became increasingly adopted as a ‘more humane’ alternative to hanging and the gas chamber, though it has proven to be anything but humane. The medicines used for lethal injection were originally designed to help save and improve people’s lives – not to end them. As a result, they are administered in experimental doses by prison wardens who are not medically trained, and this often leads to botched procedures.

Reprieve US advocates for an end to lethal injections and campaigns to expose the myth of the ‘humane execution’We work successfully with major drug companies, investors, and regulators to help them to prevent misuse of medicines in the execution of prisoners by US states. Our Stop Lethal Injection Project (SLIP) has already led to actions by more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies to prevent the sale of their drugs for lethal injection. Many manufacturers have now taken steps to prevent their medicines from being used in executions, and a number of bodies representing the pharmaceutical and pharmacy sectors have spoken out against involvement in capital punishment.


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Lethal injection key issues:

Industry statements and action on execution drugs
Exposing the myth of the “humane execution”
Helping pharmaceutical companies stop their medicines being used to kill
How manufacturers can prevent the sale of their drugs for use in executions
How investors can support affected pharmaceutical companies


Lethal injection cases:

Clayton Lockett
Brandon Rhode
Dennis McGuire


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