Utah Lawmaker Seeking Curbs on Behavior Medication

Utah Lawmaker Seeking Curbs on Behavior Medication

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP)-- A Spanish Fork Lawmaker is trying to pass legislation that will prohibit teachers and child welfare officials from encouraging behavior medication.

Republican Representative Mike Morley is sponsoring a bill that will keep teachers from recommending to a parent that he or she seek behavioral treatment or psychotrophic medication for a student.

It also bars schools from reporting to the state's Division of Child and Family Services.

But the most controversial provision of the bill would prevent D-C-F-S or a juvenile court judge from removing a child solely on grounds a parent rejects behavioral evaluation or treatment of a child.

Morley says he's not opposed to medication, he just believes parents should be the ones to decide whether or not their child should be on medication.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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