South Carolina has obtained the necessary drug to resume lethal injections and is prepared to carry out its first execution in over 12 years, according to officials. The state has faced a moratorium on the death penalty due to the expiration of its lethal injection drugs and pharmacies refusing to sell more. However, a shield law passed in May allows the state to keep the execution procedure and drug suppliers confidential. South Carolina will now use pentobarbital as the sole drug in its executions, replacing the previous three-drug combination. The exact date for executions to restart is unknown.