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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 16, 2014 01:43 PM
From: Representative Dom Costa
To: All House members
Subject: Theft of Controlled Substances by EMTs and Paramedics
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation – House Bill 813 – which would provide for the dismissal of an emergency medical technician (EMT) or emergency medical technician-paramedic from employment for the conviction of an offense related to the theft of a controlled substance.

During emergencies, EMTs and paramedics are dispatched to respond to emergency scenes to provide life-saving treatment to victims. The rapid response and expert knowledge of EMTs and paramedics is essential to saving lives and minimizing injuries. At the same time, because EMTs and paramedics are often responsible for the custody and administration of controlled substances in their daily work, it is of paramount importance that our responders maintain records that are clean from serious drug offenses.

To address this issue, my legislation amends Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by adding Section 8143 (Dismissal). This legislation would require an EMT or paramedic to be dismissed from employment for the conviction of acquiring, obtaining, or possessing a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation as it is my belief that this bill would help hold EMTs and paramedics accountable for their actions.

Introduced as HB96