CBS 11 Header TXA 21 Header MeTV Header KRLD Header The Fan Header
One Year Anniversary West Fertilizer Blast: | Complete West Explosion Coverage

Local

Texas Prisons Running Out Of Execution Drug

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

From Our CBS Music Web Sites

kluvs super 70s weekend voting 1979 dl Texas Prisons Running Out Of Execution Drug Pick The Best Song From 1979

115245513 8 Texas Prisons Running Out Of Execution Drug Crush Of The Day: Mila Kunis

80219448 Texas Prisons Running Out Of Execution Drug Viral Video: Hilarious Southwest Safety Announcement

155742164 Texas Prisons Running Out Of Execution Drug Pick Your Favorite Victoria Secret Model

Featured Items

Fantasy_tileHottest Olympians

pet_tileYour Pet Photos

weather_tileSend Us Your Weather Photos

HUNTSVILLE (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Texas is the nation’s most active death penalty state and officials say they’re running out of the drug used for executions.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) says its remaining supply of pentobarbital expires in September. Department spokesman Jason Clark says officials are exploring all options but have yet to find an alternative.

Texas has lethally injected 11 death-row inmates so far this year, most recently on Wednesday. Two executions are scheduled in September and at least five others are set for following months.

Just last year TDCJ switched to using pentobarbital as the singular execution drug. Previously the sedative had been used in conjunction with two other drugs to put Texas convicts to death. The change was made because stock of one of the two other drugs had gotten dangerously low.

Other death penalty states have encountered similar problems as drug manufacturers have balked at using their products for capital punishment.

Texas has executed 503 inmates since 1976, when the Supreme Court allowed executions to resume. Virginia is second at 110.

(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Latest News:

Top Trending: