Some veterinarians need to bring controlled substances to rural areas or farms, where it is often not practical or possible for owners to bring large animals or livestock into a veterinary facility when euthanasia or other services are needed.
Give Veterinarians the Tools They Need to Do Their Jobs
Veterinarians treat many types of animals in a variety of settings. Why is the Drug Enforcement Administration telling them they cannot carry and use controlled substances—vital medications that provide pain management, anesthesia or euthanasia—beyond their clinics? Learn why veterinarians need access to their controlled substances and see how you can get involved.
Veterinarians are sometimes called to emergency situations that involve animals, such as a horse trailer accident on the highway, where the injured animals must be cared for onsite.
Some veterinarians are public servants who assist communities with treating, removing or translocating dangerous wildlife, such as bears or cougars, or rescuing wildlife, such as a deer trapped in a fence.
Some veterinarians working in research and disease control require the use of controlled substances away from the primary location.
Veterinarians may provide “house calls” for owners who are unable to bring their pets into a clinic or who request in-home euthanasia for their pets. Some veterinarians operate mobile clinics that offer veterinary services for communities.
The Drug Enforcement Administration is saying that the Controlled Substances Act does not allow veterinarians to use controlled substances beyond their registered places of business, often their homes or clinics, and has already begun notifying some veterinarians that they are violating the law.
This is simply unacceptable.
Veterinarians MUST have access to these medications to provide complete care.
Controlled substances are drugs or chemical substances for which their possession and use are regulated under federal law. They are categorized on their accepted medical uses within the United States, their potential for abuse, and the likelihood that patients could become dependent on them. Veterinarians, for example, may use controlled substances, such as morphine for pain management, while treating an animal.
What are Controlled Substances?
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