DENVER—Tomorrow, a bill to give schools more flexibility to administer over-the-counter (OTC) medications to students goes into effect. Senate Bill 033, sponsored by Representative Polly Lawrence (R-Roxborough Park), allows teachers or school administrators the dispensing authority of OTC medications, such as cough drops and allergy medications, to minors as long as they have been properly trained, and have permission from parents.
Current law requires trained nurses to dispense OTC medications to students. However, many Colorado schools, especially in rural areas, are not able to afford a full-time nurse, greatly limiting their ability to dispense OTC medications to treat ill students.
Representative Polly Lawrence issued the following statement regarding the new law:
“With so many schools having limited access to medical personnel, permitting their faculty and staff the authority to dispense over-the-counter medication to ill students is a common-sense solution. Students benefit anytime we can give parents and local schools more flexibility to solve problems and improve attendance.”
Any school staff person with dispensing authority must have written instructions from a student’s parents and has a physician’s standing medical order.