Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) joined by Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Joe Heck, M.D. (R-NV), Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) and Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced legislation (H.R. 4365) that ensures the continued ability of emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners to administer controlled substances to countless individuals who are sick or injured enough to need them.
ACCT is working with their advocacy partners in advancing the legislative intervention to amend the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) by adding a new section that would create an appropriate DEA regulation for Field EMS.
Due to the routinely encountered clinical need for controlled substance medications in the practice of EMS medicine, all physician Medical Directors of EMS agencies desire to be in full compliance with DEA regulations. Currently, considerable confusion exists around the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulations and expectations regarding controlled substance medications in the Field EMS environment. This confusion may partly arise from the fact that the current regulations do not take into account the significant differences between Field EMS practice and that of other healthcare entities and individuals covered by the same regulations. H.R. 4365 seeks to remedy this confusion.