Ohio has explored overseas options in its search for lethal injection drugs no longer available in the U.S. despite a court ruling that banned such purchases, reports the Associated Press, The prison where Ohio carries out executions successfully applied for an import license from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration last year, say documents AP obtained through an open records request. The license expires at the end of February next year.
“Law enforcement purpose,” Richard Theodore, the prisons agency policy adviser, said on a DEA questionnaire in November, when he was asked the reason for applying. The state declined to comment on the license, saying only it was still looking for lethal drugs. In May, Nebraska’s governor confirmed the state had obtained sodium thiopental from India. Later, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the state cannot legally import a drug needed to carry out lethal injection. Two years ago, in a case brought by Tennessee, Arizona and California death-row inmates, a federal appeals court ruled the FDA was wrong to allow sodium thiopental to be imported for executions.