|Two states conduct executions using single drug|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
ST. LOUIS ó Despite a shortage of lethal-injection drugs, two of the nationís most active death penalty states have quietly carried on with executions by turning to pentobarbital, a powerful sedative that generally puts inmates to death swiftly and without complications.
Missouri and Texas have avoided the prolonged executions seen in other states where authorities are struggling to find a reliable chemical combination. The drugís apparent effectiveness raises questions about why it has not been more widely adopted.
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