September 27th, 2010
05:07 PM ET

CA executions suspended soon due to drug shortage

A supply shortage of the drug used for executions in California will force a short term suspension of lethal injections in the state after September 30, according to spokeswoman Christine Gasparac with California Attorney General Jerry Brown's office.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) informed the California Attorney General's office that it has been unable to secure sodium thiopental after September 30, according to Gasparac.  In turn, Attorney General Brown's office will recommend that future executions wait to be scheduled until the CDCR expects to have the drug available.

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  1. Jeannie

    There are other ways to execute someone. Just ask those who are getting executed...chances are if they killed someone to get there, they didn't use lethal injection.

    September 27, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Numbaoneballa

      Funny that you're all so eager to kill someone else, yet you're all the same people who point fingers at Iranians for stoning people to death. You'd all be the first ones throwing stones. Even with all the DNA exonerations, pathetic.

      September 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dee

    I agree with jeannie!its simple, just kill them they way they executed their victims.Their victims were never given a reprieve due to shortage of execution means.

    September 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatnext

      It is now becoming more and more accepted that Cameron Todd Willingham, who Texas executed in 2004 for burning down his house with his 3 kids in it, didn't start the fire; it wasn't even arson. Oh well, mistakes happen, right?

      September 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HernandezUSA

    What a bunch of B.S. just use what a pet Vet uses to put your animal down.

    September 27, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      They use sodium thiopental. Same drug, duh.

      September 28, 2010 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Pirogi

      LOL that is great!

      September 28, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kel

    Dee, I agree with you 100%! They deserve the same treatment they gave to their victims.

    September 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. guest

    To All!!! I am an Emergency Physician and we use thiopental by the gallons across the US when we are about to place a breathing tube in to a patient. Somebody is game playing. It is almost as absurd as saying the state ran out of aspirin.

    September 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose

      Exactly. I checked Sigma Aldrich's web site and it is available for sale and delivery overnight. Someone is trying to hold up the execution in order to promote some other agenda. This is nonsense.

      September 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nick

    I laughed quite a bit. Bring out ol' Sparky to get the job done until the shipment comes in?

    September 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. money

    I agree totally, stop making excuses and put them down like they did someone elses love one. I wished that everyone that commits murder or any other harsh crime be put down and stop just letting them go to jail, maybe that will stop alot of crime.

    September 27, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Which is why the murder rates in states executing the most prisoners are higher than the rest of the states, because the death penalty is a deterrent to murder.

      September 28, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Not a Member

    It's not like California does so many executions that they ran out! They probably still had the same vial of Thiopental for the past 10 years. Use Draino or Battery Acid.

    September 27, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jeremy

    firing range is my favy.

    September 27, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Name*CAisCORRUPT

    Amazing the BULLoney they come up with.

    September 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bill

    i will spend a dollar to buy a bullet so they can pop a cap on them
    quicker and less expensive.
    don't need to pay for them in jail

    September 27, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Opinion

    Delays not necessary; borrowing from state-to-state could be an option.

    September 27, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jose


    September 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hoss

    A rope is a one time investment

    September 27, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. krazykat

    send them over seas to fight our war instead of our men and women

    September 27, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeroen

      Yeah that seems like the new US trend right? Starting fake wars for oil and sending your own people to death?

      Executing people is disgusting.

      September 28, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
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