Another side of school birth control

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One of the most important parts of the pharmacy software I worked on when I worked for Long's Drugs was responsible for ensuring that patients weren't dispensed medicines that would interfere with each other or, even work, interact negatively. A patient's doctor would not prescribe two medicines that interact with each other, but an emergency room doctor -- not knowing what medicines a patient normally takes -- might dispense a drug that could cause a problem. That's why it's so important to keep track of all your medicines and to make sure your family knows what you're taking, in case you're incapacitated.

That's the issue one father has raised about the recent plan of one middle school to begin offering birth control to students. If a girl can't ask her parents for birth control, is she likely to mention that she's taking the pill when she ends up in the emergency room with her parents at her side?

What if, as the author asks, "we have a family history of blood clots or stroke or any of the many things that make hormonal birth control dangerous? Is the average 7th grader conversant enough in that information to provide the prescribing doctor with adequate information?" These are serious issues that the pharmacy and medical industries are well versed in; are schools really prepared to take that on?

Condoms are one thing -- there, the popular arguments over whether kids will have sex no matter what or whether providing access to birth control will encourage them are relevant. Whatever you think, those really are the issues. When it comes to prescription medications, however, the issue is not so simple.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.