Next step to stop lethal injection

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UPDATE: Pharmacists and inhumane executions

Dear 5849376,

Death penalty: Immoral

"Torture." That's how Senator John McCain described his own state's execution of Joseph Wood last week. While an experimental combination of drugs slowly dripped in his veins, Wood struggled to breathe for two hours — gasping for air like a fish out of water before he finally died.

Last spring, you and more than 100,000 other Americans joined with CREDO and SumOfUS and signed petitions to stop this horrific practice and support a ban on pharmacists participating in executions. The great news is that pharmacists are now speaking out, too.

Four of the nation's leading pharmacists have formed an organization called Pharmacists Opposed to Participation in Executions (POPE)*, which is mobilizing members of their profession to speak out.

Pharmacists throughout the nation need to know about this new organization, and the sooner the better. Nearly all pharmaceutical companies have now banned the use of their drugs in executions. If pharmacists cease participating as well, this barbaric practice will end.

We're joining up with our friends at SumOfUs to help you take the next step in stopping this gruesome practice.

Here's what you can do now:

1) Forward the e-mail below to anyone you know who is a pharmacist, and ask him or her to join Pharmacists Opposed to Participation in Executions (POPE).

2) Download a flier about Pharmacists Opposed to Participation in Executions — written by pharmacists for pharmacists — and leave it for your local pharmacist to read.

3) Let our allies at SumOfUS know who you are planning to reach out to so they can keep track of how many pharmacists around the country are hearing about POPE.

Thank you for fighting the death penalty.

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets


Dear friend in the pharmacy community,

I imagine you were as dismayed as I was by the most recent botched execution in Arizona. While an experimental combination of drugs slowly dripped in his veins, the condemned man struggled to breathe for two hours — gasping for air "like a fish out of water" before he finally died. Sen. John McCain described what happened to him as "torture." I agree.

I was very heartened to learn, therefore, that pharmacists have begun to speak out against participation in executions. They want the American Pharmacists Association and state boards of pharmacy to do what all other major medical associations have already done, which is to declare participation in executions as a health care professional to be unethical.

Four leading pharmacists founded a new group, Pharmacists Opposed to Participation in Executions. I hope you will check out their principles, basic concepts, and a Q&A written for pharmacists by pharmacists, and then consider joining them. Or simply sign up here: http://pharmacistsandexecutions.org

Again, thank you for all that you do.

Sincerely,

* Pharmacists Opposed to Participation in Executions
* Ed Pilkington, "Joseph Wood: Arizona murderer dies almost two hours after execution begins." The Guardian, July 24, 2014.


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