Albuterol in Schools
AAFA supports school policies that promote access to life-saving medications to treat students and staff who experience asthma attacks or severe allergic reactions. Since 2012, most states have passed laws that allow or require schools to keep a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors for use in allergy emergencies. States are now beginning to consider laws that will allow schools to keep a supply of emergency asthma medication on hand.
States should implement policies that promote access to medication and protect students and staff, including: supplying schools with albuterol inhalers to be used in emergencies, appropriately training school personnel and addressing liability concerns for those who use this medication in good faith.
Does Your State Stock Albuterol in Schools?
For more information about each state’s laws and guidelines, see the list on the right side of this page.
Federal Legislation Encourages Albuterol Stocking
In March 2016, Representatives Phil Roe (R-TN) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) introduced the School-Based Asthma Management Programs Act (HR 4662). This legislation would encourage states to improve asthma care in schools by giving preference for federal grants to states that adopt certain asthma management programs and policies. One of those policies is the stocking of asthma rescue medications for use when a child's own medication is not readily available.
The School-Based Asthma Management Programs Act would encourage states to pass laws allowing schools to stock albuterol, and builds upon a previous federal law that encourages states to pass epinephrine stocking laws.
Learn more about the School-Based Asthma Management Programs Act and find out how you can support the bill. (links to The School-Based Asthma Management Programs Act(4622) )
Legislation and Guidelines
West Virginia - W. Va. Code St. R. § 126-27-10
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