Feds seize Georgia's supply of lethal-injection drug
States that use lethal injection are in short supply of thiopental, one of the key drugs in the process.
March 16th, 2011
09:03 AM ET

Feds seize Georgia's supply of lethal-injection drug

Federal officials have seized Georgia's supply of a drug used in executions while they investigate whether it was imported legally, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday.

Spokespeople for the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Georgia Department of Corrections told the newspaper the state's supply of thiopental had been seized.

Thiopental is available only from international sources, since the drug's sole U.S. manufacturer, Hospira, stopped making the sedative in 2009. But the countries where the drug is made do not allow its export if it is going to be used for capital punishment, the Journal-Constitution reported.

Thirteen states wrote a letter to the Justice Department seeking help in obtaining the drug. Georgia was not among them.

Six death-row inmates have sued to prevent the Food and Drug Administration from importing thiopental, and last month one inmate's lawyer wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder to question how Georgia obtained its supply.

The letter from lawyer John Bentivoglio said the Georgia Department of Corrections is not registered to import drugs and accused the department of failing to submit a declaration to the DEA when it imported thiopental last year, the Journal-Constitution reported.

Corrections spokeswoman Kristen Stancil told the paper the department sought the DEA's help "to make sure that the department was in compliance with the way we handled controlled substances."

Georgia has no executions scheduled.

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  1. ep to

    The best way is to withold food and fluids like they do when patients with no brain function are allowed to expire naturally. Their bodies still feel thirst and hunger. I don't see why a killer should die easier than these patients. Lock them in a soundproof room for a couple of months with no food or water source and then just collect the remains for disposal. The room can have ceramic or stainless steel walls, ceilings and floors so they can be easily hosed down and disinfected for the next tenant.

    March 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joseph

    A bullet to the brain will work fine in its place.
    Or, just leave them in their cells. No food, no water, and nature will take its course.

    March 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. razor33

    The reason they don't use old fashion ways that are simple is quite simple !
    Who becomes/elected
    lawmakers ? = lawyers
    congress = lawyers
    Senate = lawyers
    Judges = lawyers
    who makes money off this stuff = lawyers
    and again who passes all these complicated laws that only Lawyers can understand ?? = lawyers
    so thank them ! anything thats a problem with laws can be traced to lawyers.....they created our screwed up system !

    March 16, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Zeta

    Oh, boy, are we bloodthirsty today, or what? Some of the punishments people dream up...wow!

    March 16, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dr. Death

    Try 50,000 volts with 200amps to their nads and bunghole simultaneously, now we're cookin 😉

    March 16, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ed Bailey

    Thanks CNN,you,china and Russia are pretty close in your censorship!

    March 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Spidey-Man

    cool... I gotta rope. And a crossbow. And a few throwing knives. Or I could beat them to death and save everyone else the expense of the retrials and attorney fees for the retrials and I'd do it for $500 bucks a murderer, child molester, and serial rapist. And I'll donate that money to charities.

    March 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Indian Pharmacy

    We sold it to them. We reverse engineer drugs that took years of R&D and Millions of $ to produce, so it's cheaper. Canada buys our drugs to keep their socialized med costs down. That's why America cannot afford socialized medicine. Your pharmaceutical makers have 10-20 year patent protection on their products, so their lobbies prevent outside sources of the same medicine. I do see the irony here though. GA breaks the same law a normal citizen would be federally charged with breaking. My money is on nobody being busted or going to jail. You "state's rights" people have no clue what your talking about. Once a drug is transported illegally over state lines then it falls under federal jurisdiction. Yee haw Don't tread on me, jesus, or Glenn Beck.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. HelenHull102951

    Just simply find another way to carry out their sentence. Preferably a more painful and long-lasting way, like drowning or by fire while they are still alive and are able to feel it.. This gov is so fuked-up that thecriminals have more rights than law abiding citizens and children. Makes me sick, and the lawyers that defend this garbage can burn in HELL ALONG WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN..

    March 17, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Desmond from tha A

    @HelenHull102951 if people like you ram the country ithink their would be a lot more assinations Ill bet shes a middle class soccer mom who's addicted to meth and raising 3 little Nazis
    "They can burn in hell along with their families" AMERICA HOME OF THE FREE free who it seems like your only freeif you were born in an above middle class neighborhood with white parents to be real to generation ago my people couldn't even vote the sytem will never be equal as long as there is majority rule in america if 5 people think apples are not to eat and 1 person likes em pretty the majority will CONSPIRE ie. Vote to make them illegal because they don't like them I've never been free I might have freedom of speach but I can't do with my body as I would like or alter my mind. As I see fit WHY BECAUSE someone voted how is this the land of the free WE INCARCERATE 5x MORE BLACK THAN S. AFRICA DURING APARTHIED

    March 17, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Rob

    Posession of illegal drugs is a serious crime, not to mention breaking the laws of other countries. See a lot of people advocating using rope instead, should we get that ready for the Georgia state politicians buying illegal drugs?

    March 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ed Bailey

    Every time I get complacent and think maybe I've seen it all!!! A DEA raid on a state agency not looking for some poor jerks stash!!!!

    March 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
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