ERIC Number: ED457448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Attention Disorder Drugs: Few Incidents of Diversion or Abuse Identified by Schools. Report to Congressional Requesters.
Jones, Paul L.
There is no data on the extent to which attention disorder drugs have been diverted or abused at school, or the extent to which state laws or regulations guide local school offices in safely administering these drugs. To clarify these issues, this report provides information on and analysis of: (1) the diversion and abuse of attention deficit disorder drugs in public schools; (2) the school environment in which drugs are administered to students; and (3) the state laws or regulations addressing the administration of prescription drugs in schools. Information addressing the first two objectives came from principals surveyed from a representative national sample of public middle and high schools. Only 8% of principals reported knowing of attention disorder drugs being diverted or abused at their school, and approximately 89% reported that abuse of other illicit drugs was more of a problem. For the third objective, state Department of Education officials were surveyed. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia have statutes, regulations, and/or mandatory policies addressing the administration of medication to students. Almost 90% of principals reported their school received state and/or local guidance regarding the administration of medication. Appendixes include the surveys used in this research: Objectives, Scope, and Methodology, Anecdotal Accounts, Related Studies, and State Statutes, Regulations, and Mandatory Policies Addressing the Administration of Medication to Students. (ADT)
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Disorders, Drug Abuse, Government Publications, High Schools, Middle Schools, Principals, Public Education, State Departments of Education, State Regulation, Substance Abuse
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.