scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Prescription meds
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@COLORADO.EDU
Tue Jun 27 2000 - 10:28:14 CDT
On Mon, 26 Jun 2000 WAHowland@AOL.COM wrote:
> I would never allow a Scout to be in
> possession of a statutorily controlled substance (and Ritalin is). Others
> that should not be kept by Scouts due to the potential for misuse or
> overdose, as well as controlled status in some cases, include various meds
> for seizure disorder (phenobarb, depakote) or pain pills (tylenol/codeine,
> percocet, darvon, and their many generic versions).
To my understanding, this can be a tricky issue which varies from state to
state, since I believe it is generally illegal to be in possession of a
controlled substance which is not prescribed to you (unless you are a
licensed medical personnel). At our local scout camp, that is taken care
of by having the camp nurse keep all such things and pass them out, but
this isn't generally an available option for troop trips.
Another thing to be aware of, is that I've seen parents take only enough
for the weekend's dosage and put it into a plastic bag to give to the kid
(or the leader). This also gets into sticky legalities, since upon
questioning you have no way to prove what the pills are and that you are
allowed to have them in your possession. Especially in dealing with drugs
such as Ritalin, this could lead to difficult situations if confronted.
You also don't have the dosaging and number to call for questions without
Currently, I approach the situation by insisting that medication be sent
in the original container (if the parents are worried about excess getting
lost, they can take some out and keep them in a bag at home), and have the
scouts put them in a special place in the troop gear where I have control
but not personal possession of them. While it seems to me this is the
most appropriate way of approaching the situation, I suggest others check
with local authorities to determine what is best/correct where they are.