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Execution Drug Shortage: States Scramble To Get Controversial Alternative, Ignore Warnings

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nearly two-thirds of the 16 states with active death chambers are switching to an alternative sedative for execution – even as the drug’s manufacturer argues against its use in capital punishment and some European cou…

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nearly two-thirds of the 16 states with active death chambers are switching to an alternative sedative for execution – even as the drug’s manufacturer argues against its use in capital punishment and some European countries push export bans for such drugs.

Ten states have now switched to pentobarbital or are considering a switch as part of their three-drug methods, according to a survey of all death penalty states by The Associated Press. Among those joining the states that previously switched are Alabama, Louisiana and Florida.

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