Rec Employee Resigns Over Melatonin Distribution

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An employee of the Cincinnati Recreation Department has quit after being caught giving young children in a daycare over-the-counter melatonin.

The center forbids employees from giving children over-the-counter medications. Recreation Department director Daniel Betts asked the employee to resign.

The incident happened at McKie Recreation Center in Northside. The melatonin was given to kids aged 4 to 8 years old.

"This is nothing I, nor my team, condones," Betts told The Cincinnati Enquirer. "We have a strict policy against this. We train and educate the staff to never give over-the-counter medication. I take this very seriously. This should never happen."

According to The Enquirer, Cincinnati runs 23 recreation centers throughout the city, which have garnered national attention for their work with children.

The melatonin incident is still under investigation.

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