Allowing Students to Access Sunscreen Without Restriction

Each summer, parents slather sunscreen on their children to minimize sun damage. But during the school year, many children cannot use sunscreen without a doctor’s note. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers sunscreen an over-the-counter drug, which has led many schools in the past to limit student access to sunscreen. Today, legislatures across the nation are reconsidering this restriction. Responding to data showing that one person dies of melanoma every hour in the United States, legislatures in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, New York, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington have passed laws permitting students to use sunscreen in school without a doctor’s permission. The Washington, D.C. city council was the latest legislative body to join the movement as Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced a bill in January that would permit students and trained employees to apply sunscreen without a doctor’s permission. Supporters of these…

Read more detail on Recent Administrative Law posts –

This entry was posted in Administrative law and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply