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Ohio Execution Drug Supply Expires April 1

The state says its supplies of lethal injection drugs expire this spring, meaning Ohio could carry out just two executions this year unless it obtains new batches. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction tells The Associated Press in response to a records request that 40 vials of the sedative midazolam (mih-DAY'-zoh-lam) expire April 1. That drug is part of the agency's two-drug lethal injection combination, meaning executions beyond the ones in February and March could not be carried out without it. The prisons department says 60 vials of the second drug, the painkiller hydromorphone expire June 1. Any changes to Ohio's lethal injection policy must come 30 days before a scheduled execution. Ohio's next execution is Feb. 11, meaning policy updates would have to come this week.