The Corrections Department said in a news release that it will use the sedative pentobarbital. The Death Penalty Information Center said 13 states use the drug for executions.
Gov. Jay Nixon halted Allen Nicklasson’s Oct. 23 execution following doctor protests along with threats from the anti-death penalty European Union to limit the drug’s export.
“As Governor, my interest is in making sure justice is served and public health is protected,” Nixon said in an emailed statement.
The Missouri Department of Corrections said Wednesday that it will return a shipment of a common anesthetic it intended to use for executions, nearly a year after the drug distributer’s urgent request for it to be sent back.
The European Union has strict regulations on the sedative drug propofol which could lead to the drug being unavailable to patients on a day-to-day basis if used in Missouri executions.
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