Tennessee Still Lacks Key Lethal Injection Drugs

It's been three years since Tennessee put an inmate to death, and problems with obtaining lethal injection drugs make it unlikely executions will resume anytime soon, Knoxnews.com says. The state's supply of sodium thiopental, one of three drugs used in lethal injections, was turned over to the federal government in 2011 over questions about how it was imported. The short supply of the drug has led many states to seek out alternatives. Tennessee officials, however, are staying tight-lipped about their plans. According to the Department of Correction, the agency is looking at options while monitoring steps being taken by other states. Records obtained by the Associated Press also show that the state has no supply of pancuronium bromide, a strong muscle relaxant given before the final injection of potassium chloride.