The Missouri Department of Corrections has quietly been using a sedating drug that has raised concerns in botched executions in other States. That’s according to a new report recently released using information gleaned under the State’s Sunshine law. Missouri has executed nine men since November using pentobarbital. However, St. Louis public radio reported Wednesday that the sedative versed was also given to each inmate, which had been used in three botched executions in other States earlier this year. A spokesman with the Missouri Department of Corrections says the State’s protocol allows for use of sedatives in advance of an inmate being put to death and they are not part of the actual execution. He says only pentobarbital used for lethal injection.