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New Law Bars Schools from Forcing Parents to Medicate Children

New Law Bars Schools from Forcing Parents to Medicate Children

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The governor has signed a bill that will prohibit schools from forcing parents to put their children on psychotropic drugs such as Ritalin.

But schools can still recommend psychological evaluations under the measure.

The so-called "Ritalin bill" is the first of its kind in the country.

There have been several attempts at the measure signed yesterday by Governor Jon Huntsman. Huntsman vetoed similar legislation in 2005. The 2002 and 2006 versions of the bill never made it to his desk.

The Utah Board of Education opposed the legislation saying the board already has a rule prohibiting teachers from pushing medications. The board also worries that the law will chill communication between teachers and parents.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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