Alabama runs out of lethal injection drug

(WTVM) - Executions of inmates in Alabama have been halted after the state ran out of one of the three drugs needed for lethal injections.

Pentobarbital renders an inmate unconscious and is the first of three drugs administered during a lethal injection.

State Attorney General Clay Crenshaw says the state does not have access to the drug. The Department of Corrections is pushing for legislation that would keep the drugs suppliers secret. Opponents want to expose the sources so they will stop supplying the drug.

There are 16 inmates sitting on death row who have exhausted their appeals and are awaiting execution in Alabama.

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