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Indiana Giving Lethal Injection Supplies To Other States

A European manufacturer of lethal injection drugs refuses to sell to the U.S., so Indiana is sharing its supply with other states that are running out.

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Indiana has 13 prisoners on death row.

Indiana is lending a hand to states confronting a shortage of lethal-injection drugs to carry out death sentences.

Some European drug manufacturers refuse to sell the drugs used for executions by lethal injection to the U.S. That’s left some states scrambling for alternative sources or alternative drugs. Indiana prison spokesman Douglas Garrison says the state has sent other states some of its supply.

Garrison says Indiana’s not concerned about finding itself in the same position, which is why it is sharing supplies.

“We in Indiana only have 13 men on death row and there’s really only one nearing the final stages of appeal,” Garrison said. “So without being able to project out any further than that we know that we have sufficient drugs for that.”

He says the state has the necessary drugs on hand to carry out a death sentence if the Indiana Supreme Court sets an execution date.

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