Health Department: Blanco Paramedic Didn’t Prevent Drug Theft
By Andrea Lorenz | Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 02:11 PM – Mark McMain, director of the Blanco Volunteer Ambulance Corps, went before a judge this morning to retain his paramedic’s license. We’ll post the outcome here as soon as it’s available.McMain is accused of taking the narcotic fentanyl 237 times from the supplies of Blanco County’s emergency medical service provider. McMain has said he was administering the drug to his wife for her migraines.According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, fentanyl is a painkiller that is 80 times stronger than morphine.Last week, the state health department suspended a Blanco paramedic’s license for 18 months after finding that she aided or at the least didn’t stop McMain.Read the order and the original violation report on Evelyn “Suzy” Armstead.
The Blanco Volunteer Ambulance Corps is responsible for emergency care in part of Blanco County. The agency receives $84,000 a year from the South Blanco County Emergency Service District, which collects revenue from taxpayers. Jerry Myane, the president of the district, refused to comment on anything regarding the ambulance corps during a phone call today.