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Over-the-Counter Medication Policy Change

Josh Sellers, Co-Editor

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On November 27th, LHS principal Tammy Thomasson announced a change to the school’s policy regarding over-the-counter medications. From now on, the school will permit students to bring and self-administer non-prescription medications, provided they are not distributing the medication to other students.

The school’s new policy will allow students to bring and self-administer their own OTC medications. (Atlantic Training)

This change, according to the email announcement sent by Dr. Thomasson, is motivated by similar changes in neighboring school district, “staffing issues”, and a desire to adapt to current ideologies. The Administration of Medications will be modified as follows:

“High school students may carry and self-administer, without the need for written authorization, non-prescription medications, provided they are in the original containers with label intact, and self-administered pursuant to the manufacturer’s instructions.”

The policy will provide students with the ability to self-treat provided they become afflicted with a headache or other non-emergency.

“The motivation behind the policy change was the amount of students who were needing OTC meds and the time it was taking out of classes,” said Dr. Thomasson. “We looked at other surrounding schools and they all have similar policies that allow OTC meds to be carried by students.”

According to Dr. Thomasson, part of the motivation behind the policy change is to reduce the amount of class time missed. A concern from some students, however, is that the nurse will no longer carry medications like ibuprofen.

“I think it’s good that we’re allowed to bring our own medications,” senior Maddie Lewis said. “But I don’t think it’s good that the nurse doesn’t have any more in the office, because I could have a really bad migraine one day and I don’t just carry around medication for that.”

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