(a) In the event that sodium pentobarbital is no longer approved as the euthanasia "drug of choice" for animals by either state or federal mandate, the board shall determine the replacement "drug of choice" for sodium pentobarbital for use by certified animal euthanasia technicians by legislative rule. The replacement "drug of choice" shall be administered, controlled, stored and secured by a humane society, animal shelter or animal control facility which meets the qualifications in section one of this article in accordance with legislative rules promulgated by the board.
(b) The board may replace sodium pentobarbital as the "drug of choice" at any time by legislative rule promulgated pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code. The determined "drug of choice" for animal euthanasia as specified by the board shall be used by animal euthanasia technicians certified under the provisions of this article.
(c) The board shall promulgate emergency rules pursuant to section fifteen, article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to allow the use of sedatives and tranquilizers by euthanasia technicians, as defined in section one of this article.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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