Execution drug shortage in US

EXECUTIONS in the US have been postponed because of a shortage of one of the drugs used in lethal injections.

Several of the 35 states that inject are either rushing to find sodium thiopental – an anaesthetic that makes the condemned inmate unconscious – or considering using another drug.

California said the shortage will force it to stop executions on Friday, three hours after an inmate is scheduled to die, when its stock expires.

The sole US manufacturer, Hospira, said new batches of sodium thiopental will not be available until January.


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