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This has gotten a little off of the original topic but I'd suggest everyone who is involved with BSA review the policy on prescriptions:  http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss05.aspx#g is a direct link.  



The taking of prescription medication is the responsibility of the individual taking the medication and/or that individual’s parent or guardian. A leader, after obtaining all the necessary information, can agree to accept the responsibility of making sure a youth takes the necessary medication at the appropriate time, but BSA does not mandate or necessarily encourage the leader to do so. Also, if state laws are more limiting, they must be followed. BSA camp standards may modify this for specific camp operation.


The flip side of this is being on a camp out and leaving it to the kid to self-medicate and he ODs or something.


Our unit requires any meds (prescription or over the counter) to be documented, approval given and medications/dosing to be filled out (original bottles and current date).

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As the quote indicates the Scout is to administer his own meds. If a Scouter takes the responsibility to help it is more along the lines of reminding him, not medicating him. Even this is frowned upon probably for legal liability reasons.


Giving an injection whether it is for allergic medication or diabetic medication. BSA frowns on it for very valid reasons.


Even nurses in hospitals can give injections only under direct doctor's

orders. And an untrained Scouter is going to do this with a controlled medication? Good luck with that.

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