Medication Issues in Open Discussion - Program Posted May 9, 2008 Why wouldn't you assist your scouts with prescription medication? They already have an order from a doctor (or other health care professional) and all they my need is a reminder. I wouldn't want to be responsible for what happens if one of my scouts did not take the prescribed medication. Over the counter is another problem all together. I think a lot depends on were you are going and the experience level of your "first aiders." If your out in the wilderness a day or more from getting help, sometimes you may need to make some arrangements. If you have experienced health care providers with you it becomes easier, we have a Nurse and a Paramedic. I think the best way to go is to include it on your medical forms. List the OTC medication you will have and let the scouts doctor decide if they should have it. Also have them list reasons and dosages. This way the decisions are from the doctor in consultation with the parents and all you have to do is follow the directions, just like a prescription. Lets face it, sometimes stuff happens and when your out of the loop you might need to take care of something you wouldn't if you were closer to civilization. Its also important to have someone "in charge" of your medical supplies. This should be the most experienced provider and everything should be done based on their comfort level. If they are uncomfortable giving OTC medication then don't have them with you. As for Epi Pens, I wouldn't recommend it. We have carried them with us on backwoods trips "for personal use" but using them on someone without a prescription would probably get you into some trouble. On the other hand, if it means saving a life, I would use it and worry about it later. If you don't have the knowledge base to know when you need to use it I would stay away. Epinephrine has a lot of side effects that could kill someone who doesnt need it. If I am leaving something out I apologize, I am a bit tired today. As Beavah mentioned, I am not a lawyer or a doctor and did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night. Everything mentioned my not be legal, its just how I see things and I have been wrong once or twice.