Texas prison agency replenishes execution drug supply

Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - Texas prison officials have acquired a small supply of pentobarbital to replenish their dwindling inventory of the execution drug so lethal injections set for next month can be carried out.

Four condemned inmates are set to die in April. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice had enough pentobarbital for only the first one, scheduled for April 9.

Spokesman Jason Clark said Wednesday the agency now has a sufficient amount of the sedative for the other three.

Pharmaceutical companies, under pressure from death penalty opponents, have stopped selling U.S. prisons drugs for lethal injections. So Texas, the nation's most active capital punishment state, and other states have turned to compounding pharmacies for made-to-order drugs.

As in the past, prison officials are refusing to identify the provider of the new supply.

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