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State will use untried execution drug

Associated Press • Jan 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

The approach has never been used in a U.S. execution.

The decision made public Tuesday means the state prisons agency was unable to obtain an unregulated batch of pentobarbital. That’s the drug Ohio used until its manufacturer put it off limits for executions.

The state said it will instead use a combination of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone in the Jan. 16 execution of Dennis McGuire.

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