N.C. runs out of key lethal injection drug

North Carolina is among other states that have run out of a key lethal injection drug.

An Associated Press review shows that the drug called Sodium Thiopental has become scarce over the past year, so much so that a few states have had to postpone executions.

However North Carolina does not have any executions scheduled. But the delays could become more widespread across the country because of a decision last week to stop producing it. Some states have begun casting about for a substitute. Switching to another drug will take more than just a stroke of a pen in most places. Several states have lengthy regulatory and review processes.

Thirty-five states have capital punishment.

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