WASHINGTON – Texas, which puts more inmates to death than any other state, has resolved a shortfall of an execution drug, authorities said Friday.
Last month, an official said the state’s stock of pentobarbital had nearly run out and would only last through September.
The drug was used in an execution late Thursday, and the stockpile “was not expired,” Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said. It was unclear whether that dose was part of an old or new supply of pentobarbital, which is also used to euthanize animals.
Clark declined to provide any specifics but suggested the problem of replenishing the state’s stock of the killer drug had been resolved. The Danish producer of the drug has refused to provide it to the United States for the purpose of executing humans.