Colorado schools get more flexibility in issuing over-the-counter meds
A new law that gives schools more flexibility to administer cough drops, allergy pills and other over-the-counter medications to students goes into effect Wednesday.
Teachers or school administrators can dispense OTC medications to minors as long as they have been properly trained, and have permission from parents, said state Rep. Polly Lawrence.
Lawrence co-sponsored with state Sen. Irene Aguilar Senate Bill 033 a response to existing Colorado law that requires trained nurses to dispense OTC medications to students. Many Colorado schools, especially in rural areas, can’t afford a full-time nurse, greatly limiting their ability to dispense OTC medications to ailing students, she said.
“Students benefit anytime we can give parents and local schools more flexibility to solve problems and improve attendance,” Lawrence said.
The new law allows a professional nurse to delegate another person, after appropriate training, to dispense OTC medications provided the school has written consent on file from the student’s parent or guardian.