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States’ use of execution drugs varies widely

In this July 24, 2014, file photo, Arizona Department of Correction Director Charles Ryan arrives to speak about the review of the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, in Phoenix. Arizona officials will no longer administer according to an announcement made Monday, Dec. 22, the two-drug combination used in the nearly two-hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood this year. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Nick Oza, File)

Problematic executions in Arizona, Oklahoma and other states have highlighted a patchwork approach states are taking with lethal drugs, with types, combinations and dosages varying widely. A question-and-answer look at how the disparities in drugs came about and why, after more than three decades in which all death penalty states used the exact same mixture:

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Arizona tries to conceal identity of firm that makes chemical for lethal injections

Masks are synonymous with executioners. So in keeping with that tradition, the Arizona Department of Corrections tried to follow other states and extend anonymity to the company that makes the chemical used in lethal injections.

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