Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 27 Jun 1995 10:53:51 -0400
On Mon, 26 Jun 1995, Bob Rosebrough, GBL, B-200 wrote:
> Does anyone know what the BSA policy is concerning dispensing medicine to scouts
> on outings? Surely there is something out there
> in black and white concerning my responsibilities and protection if I dispense s
> ome prescription medicine on an outing. I am fully
As I understand it, medicine taking is the responsibility of the Scout.
Leaders are neither forbidden nor encouraged to accept responsibility for
dispensing (how about that for weasel words?).
> What are my liabilities in this situation as I live in the sue crazy Baltimore-W
> ashington Corridor? Does anyone think that I was taken
> advantage of, or is this my paranoia?
I presume that, once you accept the assignment (dispensing the pills), you
have a duty to administer as directed. Of course, you have no way of
knowing when and how to administer what unless you've seen the
pharmacist's written instructions. If you refuse, then it remains the
problem of the scout (and his parents).
Myself, I don't want some scout with a pocketful of uppers for a weekend
(or week). Since he's not at home or school, he won't have the same clues
of when to take what. I'd rather have a written schedule, even if I don't
have custody of the pills, so I can ask if he's taken his meds. Dunno
what this buys me in the liability department if he takes them all at
once, or if some other scouts decide they want to sample his uppers.
And, yes. Parents take advantage of scouters. You're not being paranoid.
All opinions not "borrowed" from unattributed sources are my own.
Paul H. Brown, ASM T807, Great George Washington District, NCAC
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