Texas Says It Will Not Switch Execution Drug

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas says it will keep using the same drug for its executions but won’t say how it will replace its supply that expires this month.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said in a statement to The Associated Press that it has no immediate plans to switch from pentobarbital.

However, the drug’s manufacturers have refused to sell it to state prison agencies for death penalty use. Clark won’t elaborate on how Texas will obtain the drug.

Texas is the nation’s most active death penalty state. Others have considered switching to another drug. Some, most recently Georgia, are using compounding pharmacies. They custom-make drugs and are not subjected to federal scrutiny.

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