MISSOURI--- After putting a hold on state executions, Missouri has a new plan for carrying out the death penalty. The State Department of Corrections has announced it will start using the drug "pentobarbital." It replaces propofol as the required medication.
The move was prompted when the European Union said it would ban shipment of the drug for all uses if Missouri used it for the death penalty. Propofol is widely used for surgery. The Department of Corrections plans to resume executions next month with the case of Joseph Paul Franklin convicted of a 1977 murder in Saint Louis.
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