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Oklahoma Method of Execution

A Detailed Look at the Drugs Used and the Execution Process in Oklahoma


Death Penalty Information

The current death penalty law was enacted in 1977 by the Oklahoma Legislature. The method to carry out the execution is by lethal injection.

Execution Process

Method of Execution: Lethal Injection

Drugs used:

  • Sodium Thiopental or Pentobarbital - causes unconsciousness
  • Vecuronium Bromide - stops respiration
  • Potassium Chloride - stops heart
Two intravenous lines are inserted, one in each arm. The drugs are injected by hand held syringes simultaneously into the two intravenous lines. The sequence is in the order that the drugs are listed above. Three executioners are utilized, with each one injecting one of the drugs.

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