Ohio adds details on new 3-drug combination for executions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has laid out the dosages it would use in a new three-drug combination to be administered when the state resumes executions in January.

Rules for the procedure were filed Friday in federal court, formalizing changes announced Monday.

Since early 2014, Ohio has been under an unofficial execution moratorium blamed on shortages of lethal drugs.

The updated execution policy calls for using 500 milligrams of midazolam (mih-DAY’-zoh-lam), which puts the inmate to sleep; 1,000 milligrams of rocuronium bromide, which paralyzes the inmate; and 240 milliequivalents of potassium chloride, which stops the heart.

Another 500 milligrams of midazolam would be kept in reserve and administered if the first dose is insufficient. Additional doses could be added to assure the inmate is unconscious before the second and third drugs are administered.