Prescription meds school policy loosened
August 13, 2013
Unlicensed school personnel can now administer prescription medications, including insulin injections, to students following a landmark California Supreme Court decision handed down this week. (Sacramento Bee)
The unanimous 26-page decision overturned two lower court decisions which had held that only licensed nurses and medical personnel could give the drugs.
Nursing groups opposed the action. Several of those had questioned a state Board of Education policy that allowed persons other than trained and incensed medical personnel to administer to students in times of need.
Only five percent of California schools have a full-time nurse, according to state officials.