School Stock Albuterol and Asthma Management
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?
There is movement in states across the country to pass laws or guidelines that permit schools to stock albuterol with a prescription and administer to a student believed to be in respiratory distress and standardize asthma action plans.
New legislation before Congress – the School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act (H.R. 2285) – would ensure that school nurses, staff and administrators are prepared to help students with reversible lower airway disorders, such as asthma, excel at school in a safe environment. The two most important strategies for preparing schools in the event of a lower-respiratory incident are implementing management plans and ensuring school staff members are prepared to assist children experiencing an attack. The School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act would encourage states to implement these changes so that schools are better equipped to help students with asthma manage their disease. This type of preparation and management in schools will not only improve child health, but will also ensure students are able to focus on learning.
There are currently 12 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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Allergy & Asthma Network encourages asthma patients, families and school officials to contact their representatives in Congress and urge them to support H.R. 2285. To get involved in stock albuterol legislation in your state, contact Charmayne Anderson, Director of Advocacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.878.4403.