Alabama has Sufficient Supply of Execution Drug

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's prisons commissioner says the state has enough of the drug sodium thiopental to carry out
executions that have been requested by the attorney general's office.

A nationwide shortage of the drug has caused some states to search for new suppliers since the sole U.S. manufacturer suspended production in 2009.

The attorney general's office has asked the Alabama Supreme
Court to set execution dates for three inmates. Corrections
Commissioner Kim Thomas said Wednesday the state has enough of the drug to handle those executions. He said the state may have to
eventually use a different drug.

Thomas said Alabama's law does not specify what drugs are to be used. He said the change could be made by prisons officials, unlike some states where lawmakers must authorize the change.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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