PeaceHealth cutting drug supply to Eugene Springfield Fire

The decision comes after former paramedic Edward Blake allegedly used controlled substances to incapacitate and rape a woman.

Posted: Feb 7, 2020 5:15 PM
Updated: Feb 7, 2020 6:10 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- PeaceHealth is ending its longstanding contract to provide medication to the Eugene Springfield fire department.

The relationship will end in June, KEZI 9 News has learned.

The decision comes after former Eugene Springfield paramedic Edward Blake was accused of drugging and raping a woman in September 2019. Prosecutors say Blake raped a second woman beginning in 2017, but it's not clear if she was also drugged.

Under the current system, paramedics can access PeaceHealth's Pyxis system, which is an automated medication dispenser. By using their thumbprint for security, first responders take the amount of medicine they need to replenish supplies on their emergency vehicles.

Each vehicle has a log which tracks the amount of medicine that is used. However, one paramedic says the vehicle logs were not normally crosschecked against the Pyxis system to make sure they matched.

Typical drugs carried in emergency vehicles include fentanyl, midazolam, and ketamine. Although court documents do not specify where Blake allegedly acquired the drugs, the documents do allege that he used fentanyl and midazolam against at least one of the women.

First responders currently have access to Pyxis at both RiverBend and University District hospitals.

Blake faces multiple felonies, including rape, sodomy, and strangulation.

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