LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada officials face yet another obstacle in carrying out the death penalty if they needed to do so.
One of the two drugs that make up a cocktail in the lethal injection has expired, and the pharmaceutical company that produces it refuses on principle to give the state any more.
The lack of drugs is another hurdle for a state that hasn't had a working execution chamber since 2011. A new chamber is under construction in Ely at a cost of $858,000 and should be ready on Nov. 1.
There are 80 people on the state's death row, but none have exhausted their appeals. Nevada hasn't had an execution since 2006.
Officials with the Nevada Department of Corrections say they're putting out requests for companies willing to supply lethal injection drugs.
The availability of execution drugs has become an issue in many death penalty states. Texas, by far the nation's most active one, began using a compounding pharmacy as its source when traditional pharmaceutical makers refused to sell their products to prison agencies to be used for executions.