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When kids get meds at school...

When kids get meds at school...

(Riverton, Wyo.) - It's not the school district's job to dispense medicines to students, but in Riverton it does. The district also recognizes the reality of illicit drug use, so the administration has created and implemented Procedure 8115, "Overdose and Emergency Procedures." It spells out what to do if a student ODs on something. The procedure was explained to the board as an information item this week. Other than the emergency procedures, the district also administers medications to students as prescribed by a physician under a strict protocol. "We don't have to do this, it's not required of any school, but it's a service we provide," said Superintendent Terry Snyder. "Not all schools do this." "We have as safe and sophisticated a system as any school," Snyder told the school board. "We have an electronic scan procedure, the student's photo is called up along with the appropriate medicine and dose. It's a pretty thorough procedure designed to eliminate mistakes." It wasn't always that way and some years ago the wrong student was given some medication. "We settled that case and fortunately there was no harm to the student." Snyder said the new medication distribution protocols are meant to be a service to parents, who don't have to come to the school at various times to make sure their offspring get medications they need. *Feature Photo: Flickr via Google Images / Pitchengine Communities* #county10 #news