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Legislative Update: Use of Asthma Inhalers

Raised Bill 5702, referred to the Committee on Public Health in this session of the General Assembly, would allow a “respiratory care practitioner” to issue a written certification to a local or regional board of education providing that a child diagnosed with asthma be permitted to possess an asthmatic inhaler at all times while attending school.

This legislation would also add a check-box to the standard health assessment form completed by parents and physicians prior to school enrollment which would indicate whether such a certification has been issued allowing the child to carry an asthma inhaler in school. The bill would make similar changes to other portions of the statutes permitting self-administration of an asthma inhaler by a student who has been given the appropriate certification.

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