Quote from FSZ Student Nurse
Can you explain to me why this is such a big deal?
At home, these high school students (and many of the middle school ones as well) have access to pain medications and take them appropriately. I understand being nervous about an elementary-aged child and an immature middle-schooler, but a high school student should be able to safely take their own painkillers.
You can't give a child medicine without their parent's permission to prevent liability, but if the parent provides the med themselves then they are okay with it being used and should bear full responsibility for it.
Not trying to be contrary. Just genuinely curious.
Okay, I'll share a story.
Did not happen to me, but to someone in my state.
Student was self carrying ibuprofen for cramps. Took it exactly as she should, great. One day, her friend had cramps and asked her if she had any pain medication. Student said sure, handed off ibuprofen.
Her friend had a known ibuprofen allergy. Went into anaphylaxis. Nurse called, luckily had standing order epi, student recovered.
So at my school, students can take certain OTCs that are parts of my standing orders. I stock them, but parents have to sign off on permission, I must know all allergies before (listed on same form for parents to sign), and student must come to me to take the medication. Teachers who see students with any meds send the student straight to me.
Not all high school students are also created equal when it comes to being responsible.