Administration of Medication (Controlled Substances) to Students (K-12)

It has come to our attention that the California School Nurses Organization (“CSNO”) has issued a written opinion suggesting that controlled substances (which include commonly prescribed medications to treat Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (“ADHD”)) may only be administered by licensed health care providers and, therefore, school nurses should not train or supervise unlicensed school employees to administer controlled substances to students within the educational setting.