CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

Texas Running Out of Execution Drug

Texas is running out of execution drugs, again. After switching to pentobarbital when its former lethal drug became hard to get, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice says it only has enough of the lethal sedative to last to September and no alternatives have been found. The state has killed 11 people this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming weeks. None of their executions have been delayed because of the shortage. States that practice capital punishment have been hard pressed to come up with enough lethal drugs in recent years, as manufacturers have come under pressure from death-penalty opponents.