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News: Press Release

For Release: May 09, 2011- Contact Larry Traylor, (804) 674-3574

Virginia Department of Corrections Adds Alternative Lethal Injection Chemical

RICHMOND - The Virginia Department of Corrections announced today that due to the current shortage of Sodium Thiopental, the drug Pentobarbital will be added to its list of lethal injection drugs used to conduct state executions. Pentobarbital is the same chemical that several other states recently adopted. This drug has been used in several executions in other states and its use was approved by the courts.