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PHOENIX — The recent revelation that condemned prisoners in Arizona can now provide the lethal drugs to be used in their executions has received attention around the world and raised questions about the state’s rules for the death penalty.

The novel policy has drawn sneers from defense attorneys who were puzzled as to why the state would think that they would assist in killing their clients. It has inspired wisecracks about Arizona’s penchant for taking on envelope-pushing criminal justice policies and left some readers on social media asking whether the bring-your-own-drugs policy was actually the product of a news parody website.

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  • Every day there are several deaths by overdoses of heroine, meth, morphine and even alcohol. And yet we can’t find a costly, exotic drug combination that’ll work effectively. Am I the only one who doesn’t see a problem in how to put these people to sleep?

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