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Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 10:35am

Drug Shortage Won't Delay Execution

A shortage of a drug used to perform lethal injections is delaying executions in several states, but not Georgia.

Kentucky, Oklahoma and Ohio are unable to carry out executions because the sole manufacturer of sodium thiopental can’t make it right now.

The drug also became in short supply after another anesthetic, propopol grew scarce. Hospitals have even delayed elective surgeries.

However, the Georgia Department of Corrections says it has enough of the drug on hand to execute convicted triple murderer Brandon Rhode on September 21st. Sodium thiopental is part of the approved three drug cocktail used to execute prisoners.