Connecticut and New Jersey
Their state legislatures have proposed laws prohibiting school personnel
from recommending the use of psychotropic medications to any student and/or
A proposed bill mandates that the state determine how many children are
taking amphetamine prescription drugs, and it prohibits both school personnel
and physicians from administering amphetamine until alternative strategies and
services have been considered.
This state has a proposed law which says that parents are legally entitled
to a second opinion about their child's medical treatment. The law was
initially drafted for parents who refuse to give their child psychotropic drugs
and are subsequently charged with neglect. The proposed measure was broadened
to include all medical courses of treatment recommended by a doctor.
On February 24, 2001, the state legislature passed a bill that aims to
establish a joint subcommittee to examine the relationship between ADHD and
The State Board of Education conducted public hearings regarding the use of psychotropic medications in schools, and later urged the legislature to study the relationship between school violence and controlled prescription drugs.
After the legislature conducted public hearings, State Senator David Peterson introduced this legislation, which would have prohibited school employees from providing psychiatric diagnoses or administering any psychiatric examinations. The bill was held up in committee and never voted on by the full Arizona Senate.
In 2000, the state adopted legislation that would require its state board of
education to adopt regulations concerning the administration of medicine to
public school students.
In November 1999, the Colorado State Board of Education voted on a
resolution to promote non-medication solutions for behavioral problems in
schools. Though the resolution passed, it does not eliminate the use of all
psychotropic medicine in schools. It does, however, send a strong message to
school administrators saying, in part, that "... psychiatric prescription drugs
have been utilized for what are essentially problems of discipline."
After the State Board of Education held public hearings on the matter, the state has established an Advisory Council on ADHD.
The state legislature has conducted two hearings on the issue.
The Texas State School Board issued a non-binding resolution outlining the preferred substitutes for medication and behavioral therapy, such as vision testing and nutritional guidance.
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