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Timeline: A History of Lethal Drug Use in Texas


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Timeline: A History of Lethal Drug Use in Texas by Terri Langford, Alex Duner and Jessica Hamel July 8, 2014

For nearly 30 years, Texas used the same three-drug lethal injection cocktail to execute death row inmates: sodium thiopental, an anesthetic, followed by pancuronium bromide, a muscle relaxant, and then potassium chloride, which brings about cardiac arrest.

 

Drug manufacturers in the U.S. and abroad began cutting off supplies in 2011, refusing to allow their use in executions. The dwindling supply set in motion a national scramble among death penalty states, including Texas, to find drugs that could be used to administer the ultimate punishment.

 

Relying on news stories and TDCJ documents provided to death row inmates' attorneys, The Texas Tribune compiled a timeline of TDCJ’s drug purchases and its use of execution drugs since 2011.Scissors-32x32.png

 

https://www.texastribune.org/2014/07/08/history-lethal-drug-use-texas/

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This video provides a look at the Texas execution chamber inside the Huntsville Unit. The images were provided to The Texas Tribune by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice because news photographers are not allowed inside.

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Published on Jun 24, 2014
| The Texas Tribune -- http://www.texastribune.org/

 

 

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