Some paramedics turn to expired drugs due to shortages

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Salem fire department paramedic Jennifer Pratt checks over medications in an ambulance in Salem, Ore., Tuesday, July 10, 2012. When faced with medication shortages, some paramedic outfits are forced to dig into their stash of expired medications to load up trucks and treat critical patients with outdated prescriptions. It’s a practice on the rise as first responders react to a shortage of the lifesaving drugs they use every day, from painkillers to heart medicines, despite the risk that they won’t work as intended in life-or-death situations. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)