This is the final resolved adopted by the Council.
Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 33 – No 12 – December 2014
Resolution 22 EMTALA-Related Liability Reform (as amended)
RESOLVED, That ACEP support individual states in passing EMTALA-Related Liability Reform that increases the burden of proof and evidentiary standard in cases against those providing EMTALA related care.
3 In contrast, resolution 27(14) was on the unanimous consent agenda with the recommendation that it not be adopted. However, the resolution was extracted for debate but ultimately was not adopted.
RESOLUTION 27(14): National Decriminalization of Possession of Marijuana for Personal and Medical Use
Mr. Speaker, your Reference Committee recommends that Resolution 27 not be adopted.
RESOLVED, That ACEP develop a policy that supports the possession of marijuana for personal use, be decriminalized nationally with appropriate safety and control precautions; and be it further
RESOLVED, That ACEP supports medical marijuana programs in the context of a doctor-patient relationship with full access to research into the medical aspects of marijuana; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the AMA Section Council on Emergency Medicine submit a resolution to the American Medical Association for national action on decriminalization for possession of marijuana for personal and medical use.
Testimony was spirited and resulted in a clear consensus that, in spite of the changes in marijuana laws in certain states, the majority of speakers believed that ACEP does not need to address decriminalization at this time. Further testimony was heard that the AMA has debated marijuana decriminalization over several years with no change in policy and that ACEP submitting this resolution to the AMA would be detrimental to ACEP’s relationship with the AMA.
4 Resolution 42(14) was amended by the Reference Committee and was offered on the unanimous consent agenda but was extracted. Following extraction, alternative language was submitted and debated, which was not adopted. Thus, the amended resolution was ultimately adopted.
AMENDED RESOLUTION 42(14): Reverse an Overdose, Save a Life
Mr. Speaker, your Reference Committee recommends that Amended Resolution 42(14) be adopted.
RESOLVED, That ACEP advocates and supports the training and equipping
of all first responders, including police, fire, and EMS personnel to use injectable and nasal spray naloxone; and be it further
RESOLVED, That ACEP advocates and supports the availability of naloxone being dispensed over the counter with overdose education by a pharmacist
; and be it further RESOLVED, That ACEP advocate that substance abuse services be part of overdose education and Naloxone distribution for patients at risk for overdose; and be it further