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Minnesota Statute on over-the-counter meds in schools, 2007

Minnesota Statutes governing student access to drugs and medications in schools.

The law is as follows (You can go to the Minnesota legislative website and can look up on the Senate side SF 232 or on the House side 615. It will eventually be 121A.222):

A bill for an act
1.2 relating to education; permitting secondary students
1.3 to carry and use nonprescription pain relief;
1.4 proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes,
1.5 chapter 121A.
1.6 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
1.7 Section 1. [121A.222] [POSSESSION AND USE OF
1.8 NONPRESCRIPTION PAIN RELIEVERS BY SECONDARY STUDENTS.]
1.9 A secondary student may possess and use nonprescription
1.10 pain relief in a manner consistent with the labeling, if the
1.11 district has received a written authorization from the student's
1.12 parent or guardian permitting the student to self-administer the
1.13 medication. The parent or guardian must submit written
1.14 authorization for the student to self-administer the medication
1.15 each school year. The district may revoke a student's privilege
1.16 to possess and use nonprescription pain relievers if the
1.17 district determines that the student is abusing the privilege.

There is information in the new Minnesota Medication Administration Guidelines for Schools related to over-the counter medications and self administration and self carry by students. There are also sample forms in the appendix. The website is: www.health.state.mn.us/divs/cfh/shs/pubs/medadmin/.