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Oklahoma no execution drug: Oklahoma forced to change execution protocol?

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Oklahoma says that no execution drug has been obtained to carry out two upcoming executions. On March 17, KRMG reported that the state needs three particular drugs in order to carryout executions and without those drugs, the inmates will likely remain on death row passed their scheduled execution times. Both inmates, Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner, have been fighting their executions in court as they try to get more information about the drugs that will be used to kill them. The state is fighting back even if the drugs have yet to be obtained.

"State leaders say they are trying to get the execution drugs and will change protocols if necessary to execute Clayton Lockett this Thursday night at 6:00," reports KRMG. Warner's execution is scheduled for next week.

The state of Oklahoma's no execution drug problem is one that is very serious. The inmates feel that they have a right to know what drugs they are going to be given and that the public should be made aware of the state's execution protocol -- but with the first of two executions this month just three days away, there is a push for answers. Will different drugs be used in Lockett's execution? Will the execution be put off?

Execution delays will occur if the two drugs pentobarbital and vecuronium bromide are not obtained by Thursday -- unless protocol is changed and some sort of substitute is provided. "Pentobarbital is a sedative; vecuronium bromide is a muscle relaxant. A third drug stops the heart," reports KRMG.

Oklahoma not having the proper execution drug concoction isn't anything knew. According to Today's News Gazette, other states have been faced with the same problem thus delaying executions of death row inmates.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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