I am curious about controlled substances policies in various states. Specifically:
Are paramedics in your state allowed to carry their controlled substances on their person while on duty? In other words, are the controlled substances considered secured when in the paramedic’s possession? Do you carry them in a pouch, for instance, during the course of your shift.
Or do they have to always be secured in a double locked container? And only allowed to carried by the paramedic when actually on a call with an intent to use them?
I have done some preliminary research and seen some variation in this.
I have seen states where “The requirement for securing of controlled substances may also be accomplished by having the approved certified and authorized personnel maintain direct possession of controlled substances while on duty.”
And I have seen states where carrying controlled substances on the paramedic’s person is prohibited unless there is an identified patient who needs the drugs.
I have also seen states where the locked controlled substances container is actually in the paramedic’s house bag.
I am curious what policies people are operating under out there.
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My interest in this in helping shape policy that removes road blocks to pain management.
Please tell me about your system and its pros and cons.
Thanks so much,