We have become aware that emergency medical services are facing a shortage of essential medications.
Deputy Chief of EMS Nick Harper states that it is getting increasingly difficult to obtain certain medications now, and more are expected to be in short supply in the near future.
This could mean that ambulances may not have the medications to treat patients before arrival at hospitals.
Chief Harper is monitoring the shortages with registry for notification by the Centers for Disease Control and FDA.
"Hospitals can't buy enough," Harper said, to furnish the EMS sufficiently.
Some of the primary shortages include pain killers, and drugs that kick up the heartbeat on a patient.
"It's really the injections," Harper said, naming Epinephrine, morphine, and Atropine, for examples.
Reasons? Harper said shortage of raw materials, and the processes to create the drug seem to be lagging behind demand.
For example, in 2008 there were 132 shortages reported to authorities. In 2011, there were 178 shortages reported, Harper said.