New Drug Increases Texas Execution Cost

HOUSTON (AP) – The switch to a substitute drug to carry out executions is driving up the costs of carrying out capital punishment in Texas.

A year ago, Texas replaced sodium thiopental as one of the three lethal injection drugs after the European supplier stopped making it and no other source could be found. It was replaced by pentobarbital.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Friday that the new drug means it costs nearly $1,300 now for drugs for each execution. That’s up from $83 under the previous mixture.

Prison officials say each drug has become more expensive but the bulk of the increase is due to the pentobarbital.

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    Bullets are a whole lot cheaper…

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  • pleasechooseanother

    I think they should have companies send in sealed bids , I think one of the electric companies could do it for less than a ten spot.

  • Stephen

    Hell, a rope is fairly cheap and reusable.

  • charlie

    Where can I make my tax deductible donation?

  • NiteNurse

    It’s really crazy how the drug stortages is even affecting executions. These drugs they use have been around for decades and are fairly cheap to make. Since american drug companies are only in business for profit the proven and life saving or in this case life ending drugs aren’t being made in the US anymore it seems. I bet a new business in this country would be drug companies that exclusively make the tried and true drugs and charge extra for them. Hmmmm.

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