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Opioid Abuse and Using Schools as First Defense

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There is an opioid epidemic in the United States. What many may not realize is that it is trickling down to students in our schools. The fact is that opioids are not hard for teens to get their hands on. Many students are introduced to them when they have an injury and are given a narcotic pain reliever to help with their recovery. As states are dealing with the growing problem, many are focused on utilizing schools as the first line of defense in this growing problem.

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School Nurses and Dispensing Over-the-Counter Medication

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The role of the school nurse continues to change all of the time. If a child comes into your office with a bug bite that itches, what do you do? Your answer will depend on the state which you live in and the laws that may limit you. In some states, you may simply wipe the bite with alcohol and give them a bandage to stop them from itching. Without a doctor’s note and parent permission, no over-the-counter medications may be dispensed during the school day. In other states, the nurse would be able to give an over-the-counter cortisone cream if a parent allows it. In Colorado, a new bill is trying to allow school nurses to train other individuals to properly dispense over-the-counter medication when needed and approved by families at home.

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