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  • n. A particular barbiturate drug.

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  • n. barbiturate that is a hygroscopic powder (trade name Pentothal) that is a strong barbiturate that acts rapidly; induces a relaxed state when injected as a general anesthetic


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  • Sodium thiopental is used to render prisoners unconscious before they are killed with other drugs.

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  • Tennessee has ordered a supply of sodium thiopental from a foreign source, possibly in the U. K, according to the suit, which was filed by a London law firm and by Reprieve, a London-based human rights group.

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  • The regulations proposed by O'Malley's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services include multiple references to the drug in question, sodium thiopental, which is also known as sodium pentothal.

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  • Ohio and Washington state recently switched to using only sodium thiopental, which is also known as Pentothal.

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  • Two states, Ohio and Washington, use only one drug, sodium thiopental, which is fatal at larger doses for executions.

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  • For example, before Ohio switched to pentobarbital, the state purchased its supply of sodium thiopental from the Southern Ohio Medical Center, a hospital in Lucasville just a few miles from the prison where Ohio puts inmates to death.

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  • States Depend on Unapproved Foreign Drugs for Executions Because of a U.S. shortage of sodium thiopental, which is the first of three drugs used for most lethal-injection executions, some states have resorted to importing the drug from foreign sources.

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  • One of them is the easy-to-use and fast-working anesthetic sodium thiopental, which is used to execute criminals in the states of Ohio and Washington.

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  • The three drugs used in previous lethal injection executions in California are the sodium thiopental, which is intended to make the inmate unconscious; pancuronium bromide, a paralyzing agent; and potassium chloride, which stops the heart.

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  • Inmates on death row are initially injected with sodium thiopental, which is capable of inducing unconsciousness in a few seconds.

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