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Arkansas latest state to surrender execution drug to feds amid questions about how it got it
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) ' Arkansas has become the latest state to surrender its supply of a key lethal-injection drug from a British supplier amid legal questions about how the drug was obtained.
Arkansas Corrections Department spokeswoman Dina Tyler said Thursday the state recently turned over its supply of sodium thiopental to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. State officials received the drug from the London company Dream Pharma.
The sedative is part of a three-drug cocktail used during executions. It's been hard to come by since its sole U.S. manufacturer stopped making it, which prompted Arkansas and several other states to turn to overseas suppliers.
That resulted in legal questions about whether states circumvented the law to get the drug.
The DEA seized Georgia's supply in March, and later took supplies in Kentucky and Tennessee.