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 standardize asthma management plans in schools and permit schools to stock emergency supplies of albuterol inhalers with a prescription and administer to a student believed to be in respiratory distress.  This type of preparation and management in schools will not only improve a child’s health, but will also ensure students are able to focus on learning.

Currently 12 states have laws or guidelines to implement asthma action plans and increase access to appropriate and timely asthma treatment for students while in school. Action at the federal level is pending the reintroduction of a school-based respiratory health management bill in the 116th Congress (H.R. 2285 in the 115th Congress) that incentivizes states to act.

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

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

Colorado

Georgia

Illinois

Missouri

New Hampshire

New Mexico

Ohio

West Virginia

Indiana

Nebraska

New York

 


Allergy & Asthma Network encourages asthma patients, families and school officials to contact their state and federal elected officials and urge them to support school stock albuterol policies, contact Charmayne Anderson, Director of Advocacy, at canderson@allergyasthmanetwork.org or 800.878.4403.