Arkansas has enough drugs to carry out execution

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas has enough drugs to carry out an execution for the first time since the state surrendered its supply of a different lethal injection drug in 2011 amid questions about how it obtained it.

State Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson told The Associated Press Wednesday that the agency has enough drugs to execute a condemned prisoner should an execution date be set.

So far, the state doesn't have any scheduled executions. But that could change now that Arkansas has a new lethal injection law.

Documents obtained by the AP show that the Department of Correction has phenobarbital and lorazepam on hand and Wilson says the agency plans to use those drugs in lethal injections. The Death Penalty Information Center says phenobarbital has never been used in a U.S. execution.

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