First Fentanyl Execution in U.S. History Takes Place in Nebraska

On Tuesday (August 14), the United States saw its first state-sanctioned fentanyl execution. 

Most Americans know fentanyl as the opioid responsible for countless accidental overdose deaths—a major contributing factor to the country’s opioid overdose epidemic. Drug overdoses resulted in at least 157 deaths in Nebraska in 2017 alone, up from at least 114 the previous year. (Cannabis has been proposed as a solution to help people wean off fentanyl. )

Meanwhile, in Nebraska, it was used to…

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