Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 28 Jun 1995 11:36:15 -0400
Ian objects to my use of "uppers" to describe Ritalin. I use the term
advisedly. We could spend a lot of time discussing the differences
between licit and illicit drugs, pharmacokenetics, etc. In so doing, I
think we would draw distinctions that are without a difference. Licit,
prescribed drugs are subject to being abused. Penicillin and other
antibiotics are habitually abused (i.e., overprescribed) by those with
several initials behind their surnames, and who should know better.
Drugs (like bullets, pesticides, and thermonuclear weapons) are not "good" or
"bad." Goodness/badness derives from how they are
used. The Ritalin vial in the hands of a Scout who has had it prescribed
for him (by an MD who is both competent and attentive to the task - many
will prescribe with just a description that "Jonny won't sit still."), is
a Godsend to the Scout and all who associate with him. The same vial in
the hands of his fellow Scout is, IMHBCO, inappropriate.
That being said, can we steer the discussion back to the adult leader's
role prescribing/dispensing/administering drugs? Local schools won't give so
much as an aspirin (or substitute). Prescribed drugs must be
stored at the dispensary. Students who keep their own drugs are subject
Should scouts be any different? Does the Scout keep his own drugs, or
does the adult leader? Ian suggests the adult leader. I understand that
BSA neither forbids nor encourages this. What say the rest of the group.
All opinions not "borrowed" from unattributed sources are my own.
Paul H. Brown, ASM T807, Great George Washington District, NCAC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City