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Indiana Finds Replacement Lethal Injection Drug

Indiana had to find a new lethal injection drug to replace Pentathol which is in short supply.

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Indiana has 13 prisoners on death row.

Indiana is using a new drug for lethal injections.

There’s a global shortage of the drug Pentathol, which traditionally has been used in a number of states including Indiana for lethal injection procedures. When it fell into short supply states went searching for alternatives.

The new drug is called Brevital.

Indiana Department of Correction Communications Chief Doug Garrison says it’s in the same class as the one Indiana used to use.

“So there’s been no change in our procedure, just a change in the exact name of the drug which again accomplishes the same purpose,” says Garrison.

There are 13 inmates on Indiana’s death row, but no executions are scheduled. They are housed in Michigan City at the Indiana State Prison.

“These drugs do have expiration dates and as they expire,” Garrison says, “we have to maintain a sufficient supply of these drugs to carry out the court’s orders whenever they come.

Garrsion says the DOC has the new drug on hand if they receive orders that they need to carry out an execution.

Indiana hasn‘t executed an inmate since December 11, 2009.

Matthew Eric Wrinkles was put to death for the 1994 murders of his wife, her brother and a sister-in law in Evansville.

Network Indiana contributed to this story. 

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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