The state expects to recoup much of the $18,000 it spent on the drugs that would have been used to execute death-row inmate Gary Haugen by returning them to the market through a reverse wholesaler, a state Department of Corrections spokeswoman said.
It is unclear how much of a “restocking fee” the state will have to pay, said spokeswoman Jeanine Hohn. The drugs include 20 50-milliliter vials of pentobarbital sodium; 50 10-milliliter vials of pancuronium bromide and 50 20-milliliter vials of potassium chloride. The total cost was $17,953.98 for the drugs, all of which would expire within three years. The wholesaler has already retrieved the drugs, she said.
The drugs are no longer needed due to Gov. John Kitzhaber’s cancellation of the planned Dec. 6 execution of Haugen, a twice-convicted murderer who had waived his legal appeals. Kitzhaber, who is opposed to capital punishment, also announced on Nov. 22 that there would be no executions as long as he is governor.