Ky. hands over its lethal injection drug to DEA, Arkansas listed

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky has turned over its supply of a key lethal injection drug to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Kentucky Justice Department spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin said in a statement Friday that the state turned over its supply of sodium thiopental to be used as evidence in a case in another jurisdiction.

The drug has been in short supply since its primary manufacturer in the United States, Hospira Inc., stopped making the drug earlier this year. Records reviewed by The Associated Press found that as supplies of sodium thiopental dwindled, at least seven states - including Arkansas - obtained sodium thiopental overseas, with several of them citing Georgia as the trailblazer.

Sodium thiopental is a fast-acting sedative that is typically the first drug used when putting inmates to death.

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