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injunction stops the nevada prison planning to use fentanyl in an execution

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injunction stops the nevada prison planning to use fentanyl in an execution

the state of nevada was scheduled to execute its first prisoner in 12 years by lethal injection tonight at 11 p.m. et—and it planned to use fentanyl, the powerful, synthetic opioid that has been implicated as a chief culprit in the opioid crisis. the plan has already received a fair bit of scrutiny from legal advocates over issues of transparency, and this afternoon, the execution was halted after pharmaceutical company alvogen sued the prison. alvogen manufactures midazolam, a sedative that was one element of the three-drug injection, and the drugmaker sued because it did not want its medication to be used in an execution. the prison never disclosed its reason for choosing fentanyl, but presumably, it settled on the drug simply because n...