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Rep. Caraveo: In the wake of unnecessary deaths, it’s past time to regulate ketamine in police situations

Police brutality has plagued communities across our state and country for decades, yet recent high-profile cases have forced lawmakers to re-examine the relationship between police officers and the public.  Since the passage of Senate Bill 217 in 2020, the Colorado General Assembly has continued to examine the ways in which our laws are not protecting […]

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Colorado medics may have misdiagnosed “excited delirium” hundreds of times when dosing people with ketamine

Paramedics unnecessarily sedated hundreds of people with ketamine during confrontations with police officers in Colorado, exposing them to potentially life-threatening complications associated with the drug. That’s according to an estimate from Dr. Mark DeBard, a professor emeritus of emergency medicine at Ohio State University and expert in cases of “excited delirium.” “It may represent a […]

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Medics in Colorado dosed 902 people with ketamine for “excited delirium” in 2.5 years, including Elijah McClain

This story was originally published by KUNC. Read more at kunc.org More than 100 agencies across Colorado have approval from the state to allow medics to use ketamine, an anesthetic, on people who show signs of what’s often dubbed “excited delirium,” a practice that is now drawing national criticism from anesthesiologists and psychiatrists. Yet emergency […]