This bill would clarify existing law to ensure that emergency medical responders are able to administer controlled substances — like pain narcotics and anti-seizure medications — under the supervision of a physician. It would let paramedics, nurses, or emergency medical service (EMS) providers give patients those medicines based on instructions given by physicians ahead of time.
An existing policy that allows standing orders to be granted by a physician about the administration of controlled substances would be made into law. The physician would retain oversight over medical decisions.
EMS responsible would be liable for receiving, storing, and tracking controlled substances under their care in a manner similar to current procedures at hospitals.