Baton Rouge, LA (February 26, 2013) -Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., is requesting the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to reevaluate its position on allowing mobile veterinarians to transport controlled substances. This comes following an incident in California where mobile veterinarians were told they were in violation of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
Recently, Strain sent a letter to the DEA in which he states that the CSA should not apply to mobile veterinarians who transport controlled substances stored in boxes that are locked. Strain says, "This law will dramatically curtail our ability to address disease outbreaks should they occur." He adds, "It is important to note that not all veterinarians have facilities to accept patients, and not all clients can deliver their animals to a clinic or hospital." Allowing veterinarians to treat animals in the field using controlled substances enhances their ability to medicate these animals and treat their illnesses in a humane manner.
Attached is Strain's letter to the DEA. Also attached is a letter from the National Food Animal Veterinary Institute regarding its support of Commissioner Strain's position.