KY, TN Turn Over Execution Drug Supply to U.S. Officials


Kentucky and Tennessee turned over their supplies of a drug used in executions to federal authorities, a few weeks after Georgia's supply was seized because of questions about how it had been imported, the New York Times reports. Production of sodium thiopental, a sedative widely used in lethal injections, was discontinued in January after a shortage that left states scrambling to find alternative supplies.

Kentucky's sodium thiopental was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for its use as evidence in a case in another jurisdiction, said Jennifer Brislin of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. Dorinda Carter of the Tennessee Department of Correction, said the department turned had over 44 vials of the drug. The state did “not purchase any drugs from a foreign supplier,” she said.

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