Colorado asks pharmacies for lethal injection drug

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Corrections has asked pharmacies across the state for help securing a lethal injection drug so it will be prepared for what could be the state’s first execution in 15 years.

The Denver Post reports ( ) DOC Director Tom Clements sent a letter to 97 compounding pharmacies Tuesday asking if they could acquire sodium thiopental or other equally or more effective drugs. The letter was prompted after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals by Colorado’s longest serving death-row inmate, Nathan Dunlap.

Dunlap, who killed four people at an Aurora Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in 1993, could become the first inmate executed in the state since 1997.

Corrections officials have said they never stockpiled sodium thiopental because the state would’ve had to spend money to replenish the drugs each time they expire.


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