Missouri Begins Using New Execution Drug

The state of Missouri will begin using the drug propofol in its executions, the Associated Press reports. It will be the first state to use the drug, which has been used as a sleep aid. The state Supreme Court approved the use of the drug when it set execution dates for two death-row inmates. Several states are scrambling to find execution drugs, which have been in short supply as a result of drug manufacturers’ decisions and court rulings. Missouri’s solution will be short-lived though. It only has three doses of propofol in its stockpile, and the maker of the drug – like many that make other drugs used in executions – says it will no longer sell to corrections departments. The ABA Journal has links to several sources for the story.