LLANO, Texas (KXAN) — The Drug Enforcement Administration confirms there is an active investigation involving EMS workers in Llano County.
Yesterday, KXAN reported Llano-based paramedics were off the job and were replaced with Temple-based medics while parent company Scott & White conducted an internal investigation.
DEA spokesman Greg Thrash tells KXAN his agency is investigating a report of drugs that were allegedly stolen from the back of an ambulance in Llano County.
Thrash says he understands the paramedics working at the time the drugs went missing are not at work and are being questioned by authorities.
Scott and White said Wednesday: “Despite a recent incident, unrelated to patient care or vehicle safety, Baylor Scott & White continues to provide emergency medical services in Llano County which are fully operational and available.”
A spokeswoman for Scott and White says they expect the Llano Baylor Scott and White paramedics to be back on the job by the end of the week.
We thought you should know Austin-Travis County EMS has very specific rules when it comes to storing drugs. Those rules come from the DEA.
At every shift change, paramedics have to account for all drugs on their ambulances and write down how much they have.
If the amount on the ambulance does not match what’s written, the division chief will get involved.
If they can’t figure out the problem, employees involved will have to undergo a mandatory drug screening.