Death drug runs dry in Arizona

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 13: Inside the Main Pharmacy at MedStar Washington Hospital Center a pharmacy technician prepares a large volume solution necessary to dilute the higher strength midazolam to the preferred concentration from which he will draw 400 syringes with 2 ml doses on March 13, 2012. (Photo by Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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By Ian Simpson | Reuters

Arizona has run out of execution drugs, including a sedative implicated in botched lethal injections, according to a filing on Friday in a court case challenging the U.S. state’s execution methods.

The Arizona Department of Corrections’ supply of midazolam, a sedative, expired on May 31 and it has not been able to replace it, state lawyers said in the filing in Phoenix’s U.S. District Court.

“What is more, the Department’s source of midazolam has vanished under pressure from death penalty opponents,” the court document said.

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