Pills0202082 t rSPRINGFIELD — Emergency medical services personnel will now be able to administer controlled substances without a prescription, thanks to a measure sponsored by Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) and signed into law last Friday.

The law adds “Emergency Medical Services Personnel” to the list of people who can administer Schedule I, II, III and IV controlled substances within the scope of their employment under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act.

The Act recognizes the danger of abuse and misuse of controlled substances and limits the personnel allowed to administer them.

“Although controlled substances do pose a risk and should be treated with great care, they can also provide great benefits for patients when used properly,” Martinez said. “In an emergency situation, responding personnel don’t always have time to wait for a doctor’s approval to use these drugs.”

House Bill 3910 passed both Houses unanimously and takes effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

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