Rural Metro Ambulance responds about carrying meds on their vehicles

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 6 at 9:49 PM

CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) --  Rural Metro Ambulance in Clark County, Indiana said it wasn’t carrying vital medication for some of their patients because of a DEA investigation.

Clark County Commissioners, those from the Health Department and representatives for Rural Metro Ambulance met Wednesday morning and now we have gotten to the bottom of things.

Rural Metro was recently contracted through Clark County and commissioners thought they were carrying all the necessary medication, but it turns out there were some narcotics not on board the paramedics ambulances. 

It’s because of a DEA investigation into Rural Metro Ambulance when they worked out of Louisville. There was morphine and Valium missing from ambulances and the DEA was trying to figure out who took the drugs. Because of that investigation their paramedics were banned from carrying certain medications, medications used to stop seizures.

County commissioners thought the medication was on board and weren’t tipped off to what was going on until they heard calls from paramedics to dispatchers saying they didn’t have medication.

Rural Metro said they now have the medication on their ambulance, but the commissioners are still concerned about their contract with the company and have issues with the way things were handled.

Commissioners hope to have a final decision by the end o the month about whether or not they will continue their contract with Rural Metro.

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