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S.F. No. 247 - Disposal of Unclaimed Medications
Author: Senator Eric R. Pratt
Prepared By: Ann Marie Lewis, Senate Counsel (651/296-5301)
Date: February 7, 2019


Section 1.  Applicability.  Requires a student’s parent to inform the school if the drug or medication stored at school is a controlled substance. If the drug or medication is not a controlled substance, the parent must designate the school district as an authorized entity to transport the drug for the purpose of destruction of any unused portion left in the possession of school personnel. If the drug is a controlled substance, the parent must retrieve the drug when requested by the school.

Section 2.  Unclaimed drugs or medications. (a) Requires a school district to adopt a procedure for collection and transport of any unclaimed or abandoned drugs or over-the-counter medications left at a school. The school district must make a reasonable attempt to return the unused drug to the student’s parent. The district’s procedure must provide for annual transportation of unclaimed or unused drugs or medications at a minimum.

(b) If the unclaimed drug is not a controlled substance, a school may designate an individual responsible for transporting the drugs to a designated drop-off box or collection site. The district may request that a law enforcement agency transport the drugs to a drop-off box or collection site on behalf of the district.

(c) A school district is prohibited from transporting a controlled substance. The district must request that a law enforcement agency transport the drug to a collection bin that complies with Drug Enforcement Agency regulations.


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