As states deal with execution drug shortage, Missouri goes in different direction
Missouri's attorney general recently joined Oklahoma's Scott Pruitt and 13 other colleagues in asking the Justice Department's help in gaining access to one of the three drugs those states use in executions. Meantime, though, Missouri has opted to simply use one drug it can get its hands on.
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Missouri, Oklahoma and other states that use a three-drug mix in executions are in a bind because of the unavailability of one of the drugs, the sedative pentobarbital.
Makers of the drug oppose selling it for use in executions; the same thing happened with sodium thiopental, which for many years had been the first drug administered during executions.
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