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Sept. 4, 2014JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  |  By: AP

Missouri's Execution Drugs Under Investigation

A new report suggests the Department of Corrections has quietly and repeatedly used a sedating drug that has raised concerns in botched executions in other states.

Missouri's protocol names only pentobarbital as the execution drug. The state has claimed it was the sole drug used in nine executions since November. Reports say the sedative midazolam also was given to each inmate. 

The report cites chemical log forms obtained through a Sunshine Law request showing that "Versed" was administered. Versed is another name for midazolam.

What isn't clear is whether it was used in the actual executions or to calm the nerves of inmates prior to the executions.

Messages seeking comment from the corrections department weren't immediately returned.