DENVER (AP) — A group of Colorado anesthesiologists wants paramedics to stop injecting people with a powerful sedative when police believe suspects are out of control until officials finish a review.
The Colorado Society of Anesthesiologists said Tuesday that ketamine is being used too often and with too many complications.
The Colorado health department announced a review of ketamine's use almost a year after the death of Elijah McClain.
Officers put the Black man in a stranglehold, and paramedics injected him with ketamine.
The anesthesiologists recommended health officials suspend a program that allows paramedics and health agencies to use ketamine outside a hospital and requested that outside experts conduct an independent review of how the drug is administered.