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CA Executions Suspended After September

— The California attorney general's office says a shortage of a drug used for lethal injections will temporarily halt state executions after Sept. 30.

A view of the California State Prison at San Quentin, where many death row inmates are awaiting execution.
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Above: A view of the California State Prison at San Quentin, where many death row inmates are awaiting execution.

The attorney general's spokeswoman, Christine Gasparac, says corrections officials notified her office that the state has been unable to secure more supplies of the drug, sodium thiopental. It's the anesthetic that renders the condemned inmate unconscious before lethal drugs are injected.

Gasparac told The Associated Press on Monday that the attorney general will recommend that future executions not be scheduled until the drug supply is available.

The drug's manufacturer, Hospira, has blamed the shortage on "raw-material supplier issues" since last spring. The company is promising availability in early 2011.

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MiriamK | December 7, 2010 at 9:42 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Based on the Wall Street Journal, the U.K. plans to exercise its “moral opposition to the death penalty” by refusing to foreign trade the deadly injection drug thiopental sodium to the United States, the drug's primary user. Here is the proof: UK blocks export of lethal injection drug to US In low doses thiopental is an anesthetic with multiple applications, but at enough dosage it is the United States execution drug of choice. Per a London court ruling, any supplier of thiopental sodium to the United States is now required to get and foreign trade license. If authorities determine that U.S. foreign trade thiopental could be used for executions, the medical supplier's foreign trade license will be revoked.

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