sodium thiopental http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri opts for untested drug for executions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-opts-untested-drug-executions <p><em>Updated at 5:50 a.m. Friday with additional reporting. Reporting from KRCU&#39;s Jacob McCleland was used in this story.</em></p><p>The anesthetic that caused the overdose death&nbsp;of pop star Michael Jackson is now the drug for executions in&nbsp;Missouri.</p><p>The Missouri Department of Corrections is switching from its longstanding three-drug method to a single drug, propofol, which&nbsp;has never been used in an execution in the U.S.&nbsp;That&#39;s causing a stir among critics lijke Death Penalty Information Center director Richard Dieter.</p> Thu, 24 May 2012 16:33:58 +0000 The Associated Press, St. Louis Public Radio, Joseph Leahy & KRCU 3775 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri opts for untested drug for executions Missouri searches for solutions in execution drug shortage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-searches-solutions-execution-drug-shortage <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-957095.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-957095.mp3</a></p><p>On March 1, Missouri&rsquo;s supply of a key execution drug expired. The sole U.S. manufacturer has stopped making the drug, sending the state on a quest to find more. The federal government does not have any reserves and is currently undertaking a review of what they call a critical shortage.</p><p>As St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Julie Bierach reports, Missouri has another option. It could follow the lead of Ohio and Oklahoma and switch drugs.</p><p> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 12:35:57 +0000 Julie Bierach 697 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri searches for solutions in execution drug shortage ACLU says Mo. running out of execution drug http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/aclu-says-mo-running-out-execution-drug <p>The <a href="http://www.aclu-em.org/">ACLU of Eastern Missouri</a> says it has learned that the state is running out of its supply of one of the three drugs used in executions.</p><p>The ACLU says the state has 50 units of <a href="http://people.howstuffworks.com/lethal-injection4.htm">sodium thiopental</a>, but it expires March 1.</p><p>The state is preparing for the <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/execution-date-set-mo-inmate-richard-clay">execution of Richard Clay next week</a>.</p> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 21:27:02 +0000 Julie Bierach 260 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org ACLU says Mo. running out of execution drug