scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Prescription meds
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@COLORADO.EDU
Tue Jun 27 2000 - 15:21:48 CDT
On Tue, 27 Jun 2000, Lawyernet wrote:
> (Camp nurses don't have the right to possess someone else's prescriptions.
> Thank heavens no one cares.)
> Although there are a lot of legalities in possessing prescription drugs,
> especially narcotics, the realities are no law enforcement agency is going
> to "raid" a BSA summer camp and arrest a Unit Leader or Camp Nurse. Better
> is to develop a program that assist the youth in growing and becoming
> responsible for their own lives.
I'm sure this varies based on locale, but my understanding from the people
running our camp in NH is that essentially camp nurses are the ONLY ones
allowed to possess medication on camp grounds (except medications which
must be carried on the person, such as inhalers, bee-sting kits, nitro,
etc). From how it was presented, I believe even adults had to keep their
meds with the camp nurse.
And while the law enforcement won't be looking to arrest anyone based on
this, I believe the state agency overseeing camps is able (eager?) to shut
the camp down if they find such an infraction. During non-summer-camp
experiences, I'd guess you'd only get scrutiny if problems were suspected
(or I guess if you got caught in the midst of a more general crack-down in