The Austin Statesman reports that "Texas has enough lethal drugs on hand to execute 39 condemned criminals, but all doses of one key drug in its inventory expire in March, a situation that could delay executions unless additional supplies are found, state officials revealed Friday." The Attorney General rightly refused to let TDCJ keep the information secret.
The drug shortage could impede executions in Texas as early as next year. Presently there are only three executions scheduled between now and March, leaving as an open question what the state will do after that. It's possible the Legislature will need to take up the question of new execution protocols next spring when they're session. Oklahoma is looking at a replacement drug, and Ohio earlier this year switched to a single-drug lethal injection method.
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