Ohio is switching its lethal injection drug to an anesthetic commonly used to put pets to sleep as a shortage of the drug normally used for executions has worsened, reports the Associated Press. The state will use a single, powerful dose of pentobarbital, a common anesthetic used in surgeries and also by veterinarians to euthanize pets.
The drug replaces sodium thiopental, which was already in short supply when its only U.S. manufacturer said last week it would no longer produce it. Ohio will use its remaining supply of sodium thiopental for the Feb. 17 execution of Frank Spisak, who killed three people at Cleveland State University in 1982. The first use of pentobarbital is planned for March's scheduled execution of Johnnie Baston.