Tennessee switches to single-drug execution protocol

Tennessee switches to single-drug execution protocol


NASHVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Department of Correction issued a revised protocol Friday for court ordered executions.

The department will now use a single drug instead of the previous three-drug method. The new protocol allows sole use of the sedative pentobarbital.

The department says the drug has been upheld in court challenges and used in other states.

Pentobarbital is a barbiturate used for medical purposes as a sedative and anesthetic.

The last major revision to the state's execution protocols came in 2007, when then-Gov. Phil Bredesen issued an executive order to review the policies and procedures and ordered a moratorium on executions.



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