Procedure for Medication Disposal in Schools

When medications must be taken at school, it is the parent’s responsibility to supply the school with the medication and to pick up any unused medication either at the end of the school year or when the student’s healthcare provider discontinues the medication.

When medications are discontinued a notation should be made on the Medication/Treatment Authorization Form and the Student Medication Log.  If there are no other medications to be given, both forms should be placed in the student’s Cumulative Health Folder. If the student’s Medication/Treatment Authorization Form and the Student Medication Log have more than one medication listed, draw a red line through the discontinued medication and date and initial the entry.  Make a notation on the back of the Student Medication Log that the medication was discontinued.

If a parent does not come to the school to pick up the medication, a letter should be sent to the parent requesting that he/she come to the school and pick up the unused medication within two (2) weeks. A notation should be made on the back of the Student Medication Log noting the date the letter was sent to the parent.

If the parent does not respond to the letter, by coming to the school to pick up the medication then a phone call should be placed to the parent.  At that time the parent should be requested to come to the school and pick up the medication. A notation should be made on the back of the Student Medication Log noting the date the phone call was placed.

If the parent still does not come to the school to pick up the medication then the school should contact Risk Management at 754-321-1900.  To obtain a copy of the Medication Removal Form, please click on the following link: http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/rmt/PDF%20Documents/Medication%20Removal%20Form.pdf.  This form must be faxed to Risk Management at 754-321-1917.

The medication should remain in a locked cabinet until Risk Management comes to the school to pick up the medication.

A Risk Management representative will come to the school to pick up the medication and will sign the original Medication Removal Form.  The Risk Management representative will take the medication along with the original Medication Removal Form.  A copy of the Medication Removal Form should be kept in the back of your Medication Administration Binder.  A notation should be placed on the back of the Student Medication Log with the date and time Risk Management removed the medication.

A note should go home to the parents of all students receiving medications in school one month prior to the end of the school year, reminding them that they need to pick up the student’s medication prior to the last day of school.  They can leave you with just enough medication to finish out the school year.

You would follow the same removal procedure to dispose of any medications that were not picked up prior to the end of the school year.