State secures drug needed to carry out executions

Nebraska has secured a drug necessary to carry out executions by lethal injection.
Immediately after the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services issued a news release declaring that it had obtained sodium thiopental, Attorney General Jon Bruning filed a motion to set a date for the execution of Michael Ryan.
“Today, the State filed a motion requesting an execution date be set for death-row inmate Michael Ryan,” said Attorney General Jon Bruning in a written statement issued by his office.
NDCS says it bought 485 grams of sodium thiopental October 25, 2011 from a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Switzerland for $5,411. A batch of 42 grams expires in May of 2013 and another batch of 443 grams expires in December of 2013. An independent laboratory in the United States tested the drug to confirm it was sodium thiopental.
NDCS Director Robert P. Houston said, “With the receipt of this chemical, NDCS stands ready to fulfill its statutory obligation with regard to capital punishment.”
On May 25, 2011, NDCS became licensed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to import sodium thiopental. Sodium thiopental is an anesthetic used in lethal injection. It is the first drug used in lethal injections’ deadly mix.