Running Out of Rope…

It appears that one of the drugs used in the “cocktail” administered for lethal injection in many states is in short supply. So short in fact, executions may have to be delayed! There seems to be some question as to whether the company which makes the drug is just refusing to produce it, as it’s primary use anymore is lethal injection – or if there is a real shortage of raw materials to make the drug.

If it is the company intentionally not producing the drug… I can certainly understand the ethical and moral issues involved in creating a drug to save lives…

Only to see it’s principal use wind up to be taking lives.

Drug Shortage Puts Executions on Hold

Executions by lethal injection have been put on hold in several states because of a shortage of a key ingredient for the killer shot. Sodium thiopental—generally used to render the condemned unconscious before other drugs are injected, although Ohio and Washington use it to kill—is in short supply across the country, the AP reports. California plans to suspend executions after using the last of its supply for an execution later this week, and Kentucky’s governor has delayed signing death warrants.

The drug’s only US manufacturer, Hospira, blames the shortage on issues with the supply of raw materials and says new batches won’t be ready until January at the earliest. At least one death penalty expert, however, is skeptical of the explanation, noting that the firm objects to its products being used for executions. The company “provides these products because they improve or save lives and markets them solely for use as indicated on the product labeling,” a Hospira exec wrote in a letter to Ohio authorities earlier this year.

Jamaica – Fighting In the Streets

Jamaica: Forces Attack Gang Leader’s Stronghold

Security forces fought their way into the warren-like complex that is the slum stronghold of a Jamaican gang leader facing extradition to the United States, and sporadic gunfire could be heard late into Monday night. More than 1,000 police officers and soldiers attacked heavily armed gang members defending the western Kingston base of the gang leader, Christopher Coke, who has been indicted in the United States on drug and arms trafficking charges. The number of casualties was unclear. The authorities said two officers had been killed and at least six wounded since Sunday, and at least one Jamaican soldier was shot dead during Monday’s fighting.

In the meantime, the US has suspended visas for American travelers to Jamaica – According to P.J. Crowley – State Department Spokesman: “The immigrant visa, non immigrant visa and non essential American citizenship services operations will be suspended due to the deteriorating situation in Kingston.

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