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Ohio House Passes Bill to Require Schools to Establish Policies on Over-the-Counter Medications

April 24, 2024
Jennifer Gross News

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COLUMBUS—The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 70, legislation that will require Ohio schools to adopt policies regarding the administration of over-the-counter medications, announced bill sponsors, State Reps. Jennifer Gross (R-West Chester) and Sarah Fowler Arthur (R-Ashtabula). 

Under current law, public schools are only required to have a policy on the administration of prescription medications. House Bill 70 will expand this requirement to include over-the-counter medication administration.  

“Parents know their child’s medical history best,” said Gross. “This bill will directly foster collaboration between parents and schools, ultimately protecting the health and safety of Ohio children.” 

House Bill 70 specifically aims to protect the health of students, equip school nurses and parents in better communicating about their child’s health history and needs, and protect schools from potential liability. 

“Representative Gross and I brought this legislation forward when we learned that Ohio law is silent regarding over-the-counter medication administration within a school,” said Fowler Arthur. “The absence of a clear policy has led to a child becoming ill from the administration of an over-the-counter medicine that interacted with her prescription medication. The passage of House Bill 70 will protect our children.” 

House Bill 70 now heads to the Ohio Senate for consideration.