COLUMBIA — Missouri has enough drug supplies for five executions with the next execution scheduled for Feb. 9.
Documents uncovered by the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri through a freedom of information request found that the Missouri Department of Corrections has a dwindling supply of sodium thiopental, an anesthetic that renders the condemned inmate unconscious. This drug is required in the state's execution protocol.
Missouri currently has 12 prisoners on death row awaiting executions, and the drug supply expiration date is March 1, according to a document supplied to the state by the ACLU.
Not only is the drug expiring on March 1, but also Hospira Inc. of Lake Forest, Ill., the drug's sole U.S. manufacturer, has blamed supplier issues for its inability to make the drug.
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