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Execution Drug Shortage

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Washington is one of the 13 states asking for the federal government's help in getting supplies of a scarce execution drug.

The Department of Corrections says they don't have any supplies of the execution drug called Sodium Thiopental after the country's only manufacturer stopped production.

   They stopped making it because of issues with the supplier and it could be some time before production begins again.

   Some executions in the U.S. have been put on hold because of the shortage, but DOC leaders say Washington State only has 8 people on death row right now, and no executions are planned.

"Thank goodness we have the time to be thoughtful about it because there are currently no execution pending, so it's not urgent," DOC worker Belinda Stewart said.  

DOC workers say they will be talking with the Attorney General about solving problems the lack of the drug could create.

Some states are getting supplies from overseas, but we're told those are now drying up.

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