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Secrecy behind Missouri’s execution drugs

Missouri is one of several states that are buying their drugs for executions in secret.

Last year, St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel and Véronique LaCapra uncovered the identity of the state’s then-supplier, a pharmacy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that wasn’t licensed to sell drugs in Missouri. They also found that a top corrections official paid the pharmacy in cash – $11,000 per execution.

Since the initial investigation, the state has become even more secretive. McDaniel has sued the state for withholding records.

Listen to our segment and learn more on St. Louis Public Radio’s website.


Featured image: Missouri is one of several states that buys their drugs for executions in secret. Above is the death chamber at the Missouri Correctional Center. Credit: Associated Press

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