States' Search for Execution Drugs Gets Creative

Shortages of drugs used in the "three-drug protocol" used in executions is causing some states to scramble, sometimes in creative and unorthodox ways. Some manufacturers and pharmacies — particularly in Europe, where capital punishment is almost nonexistent — have cut off the supply of drugs used for executions because of opposition to the death penalty. As a result, prison officials in death-penalty states have resorted to sharing drugs, buying them from underregulated pharmacies or using drug combinations never previously used to put people to death, USA Today reports. This story also takes a look at other ways to carry out the death penalty, including bringing back the gas chamber, firing squad and electric chair.