5 things about drug at issue in Missouri executions

Friday, October 11, 2013 | 3:54 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday stopped plans for the Oct. 23 execution of a death row inmate, citing controversy around the state's planned use of propofol for the lethal injection and ordered prison officials to find a different drug. Missouri's intentions for propofol, a popular anesthetic used at hospitals nationwide, have been criticized nearly from the start.