Saud Anwar

State Senator

Saud Anwar

Deputy President Pro Tempore

Working For You

June 24, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joe O’Leary | Joe.OLeary@cga.ct.gov | 508-479-4969

June 24, 2024

SENATOR ANWAR, REP. ELLIOTT RELEASE STATEMENT AFTER CONNECTICUT COMPANY ANNOUNCES CEASED PRODUCTION OF LETHAL INJECTION DRUG

Today, State Senator Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor) and State Representative Josh Elliott (D-Hamden) released the following statement after The Intercept reported a Connecticut company will no longer produce a substance used in lethal injections. According to a letter sent to Senator Anwar and Representative Elliott by Absolute Standards, Inc. president John Criscio, Absolute Standards, which was tied to production of drugs used in lethal injections, has ceased manufacturing or sale of pentobarbital, the drug in question, and has no intention to resume production or sale of the drug:

“For Absolute Standards to confirm it is no longer producing or selling pentobarbital is an incredibly positive step forward for Connecticut, and allows us to rest easier knowing our state is not contributing to unjust activities elsewhere in the country. Our state abolished the death penalty more than a decade ago, showing our dedication to what’s right. My colleagues and I will continue to develop legislation that would make any company’s connection to producing substances used for the death penalty in our state illegal, making sure our state’s values and policies are not violated.”

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