Pharmaceutical controlled substances are drugs that have a legitimate medical purpose, coupled with a potential for abuse and psychological and physical dependence. They include opiates, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, and anabolic steroids. The safe and effective use of controlled substances by students at school has increased dramatically because of their accepted use in treatment of illness and disability enabling many sick and disabled children to attend school. (National Association of School Nurses).
A parent, guardian or designated adult will deliver all medications to the school nurse or school designee. The medication must be in the original pharmacy labeled container. This label must contain the following information:
- Name, address, telephone and federal DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) number of the pharmacy
- Patient Name
- Directions for use (dose, frequency, time of administration, route, and any special instructions)
- Name and registration number of the licensed prescriber
- Date originally filled
- Name of medication and amount dispensed
Medications brought in plastic bags or containers other than their original pharmacy container are NOT acceptable.
The licensed school health provider (CSN, RN) or designee receiving any medication will document the quantity of medication on the medication log (see form). Documentation shall include the date, time, and amount of medication received.
Signatures of the parent, guardian or designated adult delivering the medication and the CSN/RN or designee receiving the medication are required.
The medication log will be placed in the student’s health record at the end of the school year.