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Participants Needed to Answer Questions about Ketamine Use by Paramedics

FILE - In this July 25, 2018, file photo, is a vial of ketamine, which is normally stored in a locked cabinet, in Chicago. A drug called ketamine that's injected as a sedative during arrests has drawn new scrutiny since a young Black man named Elijah McClain died in suburban Denver. An analysis by The Associated Press of policies on ketamine and cases where it was used nationwide uncovered a lack of police training, conflicting medical standards and nonexistent protocols that have resulted in hospitalizations and even deaths. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)

Researchers in Colorado are looking to survey paramedics and how they manage agitation in the field.

The survey comes during a time of scrutiny of how paramedics treat patients in police custody with Ketamine.

Currently, there are no federal standards for police or emergency medical personnel on the drug’s use, and state policies and reporting requirements vary.

Colorado’s Health Department opened an investigation into the growing use of ketamine after the death of Elijah McClain while in police custody last year.

Recently, an anesthesiologist group said ketamine protocols must be reviewed.

The National Association of EMS Physicians also weighed in, saying ketamine use in the prehospital setting should remain in place.

The study is being conducted by a group led by Dr. Thom Dunn, a psychologist in the Psychology Department at University of Northern Colorado.

Participation in the survey is voluntary.

Click here to take the survey.