Atrium Health’s CarolinaCARE has informed parents that they will no longer provide information to them regarding their children’s prescriptions once they turn 12 years old.
The hospital network is based out of North Carolina but Atrium Health is a nationwide healthcare provider.
According to Your News, a letter was sent out to parents and legal guardians informing them, “Starting Nov. 1, 2023, you will no longer be able to access prescription information for children between the ages of 12-17.”
The letter explains the rationale behind this move by CarolinaCARE, “This change is to protect the privacy of your child’s prescription records. It allows minors to receive prescription medication for sensitive issues as permitted by law, without worrying about how their parents might react.”
Many healthcare providers across the country are cutting off parents’ access to their children’s medical information from when they turn 12. They’re giving kids prescription medications “without worrying about how their parents may react.” pic.twitter.com/KdRqJfHmKw
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) October 23, 2023
CarolinaCARE also provides a FAQ document that tells parents that when their child turns 12, they will need to set up their own prescription account with them.
“Beginning November 1, 2023, children ages 12-17 will need to create a new account on the CarolinaCARE website in order to see or order their prescription medications. Parents will no longer be able to view or manage their child’s prescriptions. If you have a child who will turn 12 after this date, this change will automatically take place on their 12th birthday,” the FAQ notes.
“This may include treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and other diseases that must be reported to the state; pregnancy, drug or alcohol abuse; and mental health,” CarolinaCARE states.
The blocking of parental access is causing concern among parents who believe they could become dangerously uninformed concerning their child’s health.
This is for Transitioning and other nefarious things. Should be illegal. Our medical system is so corrupt
— TPCo0Lz (@TPCo0Lz_YT) October 19, 2023
“This move to block access to prescriptions related to ‘mental health’ has led to concerns among some that parents might be purposefully kept in the dark, potentially enabling medical professionals to prescribe hormone replacement therapy, puberty blockers, and other gender transition medications to minors without parental awareness,” Your News reported.
The new policy follows North Carolina’s Republican-led General Assembly overriding Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes last August after they passed a law that restricted gender-affirming medical treatments for transgender youth.
Didn’t NC just ban transitioning for minors?
— notchip (@runthejuuls2) October 19, 2023
“CarolinaCARE has put forth an argument suggesting that due to their operation as a home delivery service catering to several states, they need to implement a uniform policy to ensure adherence to the legal frameworks of multiple states,” Your News wrote.
“Because CarolinaCARE is a home delivery pharmacy, it serves patients in multiple states with varying laws regarding access to health information, including prescriptions. This change is taking place in order to remain compliant with laws in all of the states CarolinaCARE services to ensure continued privacy of your child’s prescription records,” the hospital network asserted.
There was strong blowback on X over the policy:
What worries me the most about this is.. The child starts taking a prescription and the parents have no clue. What happens if they have a severe reaction and the parent has no clue whats going on or what is causing it. Every time one of my children has started a new med I have…
— Just Me Mel. (@OregonMother) October 24, 2023
This is/should be illegal. Unless of course, we want to completely redefine what the age of consent is. Ready to have your 12-year-old work full time as a stripper and then marry her/his big tipper in a secret wedding that’s perfectly legal? THIS is the #SlipperySlope
— John Westra #VR #AR #Metaverse #Innovation (@John_Westra) October 23, 2023
How did we go from the school couldn’t even give Tylenol w/o parental permission, to you as a PARENT may not even be permitted to KNOW what meds are given to YOUR CHILD????? #WakeUpAmerica
— L (@QRU4Now) October 19, 2023
There should be NO law anywhere that comes remotely close to allowing this.
Anyone trying to medicate or do anything else to children without parental consent or some sort of court order after due process where the parents were proven to be unfit, needs to be behind bars.
— Chris Chambers (@ChrisB_Chambers) October 23, 2023
And how do kids pick up their own medications? So the parents are supposed to pull up to the window, the kid asks for their medication while the parents hold their own ears?This is getting crazy.
— Meme Right Politics (@MemeRtPolitics) October 24, 2023
I hope lawsuits are being filed..
— CurrentEventsJim (@jim_current) October 19, 2023
“Young adult dependents 12-17”
Those. Are. CHILDREN.
Young adult is 18-29. Maybe up to 35.
Even 18-21 is still half a child.
— Daniel H (@rottizelt) October 20, 2023
They would have to kill me
— Marc Escens (@Marc_Escens) October 19, 2023
Wtf. As a parent you have every right to know what your child is on. Hell a Dr cannot make a medical decision regarding them without your consent.
— Alyssa D (WalkedAway) (@AlyssaD1776) October 19, 2023
TWELVE year old children. TWELVE.
— Terry Maggert (@TerryMaggert) October 19, 2023
I cannot comprehend how that is legal at all.
— Peter (@petros_28) October 19, 2023
This is insane. Like what the fuck.
— (@BulletHolz) October 19, 2023
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