AAFA supports school policies that promote access to life-saving medicines 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 medicine, such as albuterol, on hand.
States should implement policies that promote access to medicine 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 medicine in good faith.
More information about each state’s laws and guidelines:
In May 2019, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Representative Phil Roe (R-TN) introduced the School Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act (HR 2468). 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. While this proposed legislation does not require states to allow albuterol stocking in schools, it would encourage schools to put into place:
You can take action to support the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act by asking your legislators to co-sponsor and vote to approve this bill.