School Stock Albuterol Laws

When the Asthmatic Schoolchildren’s Treatment and Health Management Act was signed into law in 2004, it led to legislation in all 50 states ensuring schoolchildren with asthma had the right to self-carry and administer their quick-relief inhaler at school.

But what if the child’s inhaler is left at home, gets lost during the school day, or is expired?

New legislation before Congress – the School-based Asthma Management Program Act (H.R. 4662, or SAMPRO) – would give federal funding preference to states that encourage schools to stock emergency supplies of albuterol, the medication in quick-relief inhalers that treats asthma flares. SAMPRO also permits trained school personnel to administer the inhaler if needed and encourage schools to implement an asthma management program that ensures a safe and healthy learning environment for children diagnosed with the chronic disease.

There are currently 10 states with laws or guidelines that permit schools to stock albuterol with a prescription and administer to a student believed to be in respiratory distress.

Check the status of your state in the map below. States colored light blue do not have stock albuterol legislation.

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States with stock albuterol laws: States with stock albuterol guidelines:

Arizona

Colorado

Georgia

Missouri

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

Ohio

West Virginia

Nebraska

New York

 


Allergy & Asthma Network encourages asthma patients, families and school officials to contact their representatives in Congress and urge them to support H.R. 4662. To get involved in stock albuterol legislation in your state, contact Charmayne Anderson, Director of Advocacy, at canderson@allergyasthmanetwork.org or 800.878.4403.