Kentucky has turned over its supply of a key lethal injection drug to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
Kentucky Justice Department spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin said in a statement Friday that the state turned over its supply of sodium thiopental to be used as evidence in a case in another jurisdiction.
The drug has been in short supply since its primary manufacturer in the United States, Hospira Inc., stopped making the drug earlier this year.
Sodium thiopental is a fast-acting sedative that is typically the first drug used when putting inmates to death.
Update 4:41pm Tennessee also turns over drug supply