How are Medications Handled at Your School/Daycare?


A kindergartner was taken to the hospital on the first day of school after a teacher's aide accidentally gave him another child's medication. The 5-year-old boy became drowsy after he was given Catapres (clonidine), a blood pressure medication sometimes used to treat children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

School officials now photograph all children who take medications so they have a more accurate way of identifying them. If you have a school-aged child, ask what the school is doing to prevent medication mix-ups.

Created on July 1, 2003

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