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School Nurses Reminding Parents to Pick Up Child's Medications

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Many students visit the school nurse to regularly get medication they keep at school. Now that the school year is ending, nurses want to remind parents to pick them up before school lets out for summer.

At Horse Heaven Hills Middle School in Kennewick, Nurse Jeanne Bakker is getting ready for some summer cleaning if medications are not taken home by parents.

Out of the 900 students at the school, 70 keep medications in the nurse's office.

Many local schools will release students for the year Friday and schools want to remind parents that these necessary, and often expensive medications could get tossed if they are forgotten.

"Parents need to come in and pick those medications up by the last day of school so that they'll have them at home, but also after school is out we do destroy those medications. So the next year we're starting out with all fresh," Bakker said.

High school students can often keep their medications on them with a doctor's consent form but younger students typically keep them in the nurse's office.