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New Missouri Execution Drug Named

It didn’t take long for the Missouri Department of Corrections to switch to a new execution drug.

The department says it’s swapping propofol for pentobarbital for lethal injections. Governor Jay Nixon halted use of the first drug less than two weeks ago, after concerns the European Union might limit propofol exports if Missouri used it to kill an inmate. The drug is normally used as an anesthetic.

The Death Penalty Information Center says 13 states already use pentobarbital for executions. Corrections officials say the November 20th execution of Joseph Franklin is still on schedule. Nixon halted the execution of convicted killer Allen Nicklasson because of the propofol controversy. Nicklasson was scheduled to die Wednesday.

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