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December 01, 2002  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

Asthma and Allergy Concerns

Protection for students and their medications Many schoolchildren with asthma or allergies depend on prescribed medications. In the case of a severe attack, it can be critical that these students have quick access to their inhalers, auto-injectable epinephrine or other prescriptions that can save their lives.


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Many schoolchildren with asthma or allergies depend on prescribed medications. In the case of a severe attack, it can be critical that these students have quick access to their inhalers, auto-injectable epinephrine or other prescriptions that can save their lives. However, some strict anti-drug policies actually prevent children from carrying such medications at school, instead requiring them to be kept at the school health clinic. In Georgia, the Kellen Edwin Bolden Act was passed to protect children from such potentially dangerous restrictions. Bolden, an asthmatic student who was not allowed to carry his inhaler at school, died after a severe attack while boarding a school bus. The Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) is pursuing legislation from Congress that would similarly protect the rights of children with asthma or allergies. The group’s recent nationwide survey reports that only 17 states have established such protective laws. Operators should be aware of local drug policies and any relevant state laws. They can mean a lot to asthmatic and allergy-affected students. For more information on the campaign to protect students’ medication rights, visit the AANMA’s website at www.breatherville.org. Source: Reuter’s Health

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So sorry to hear about your son, Rhonda. Perhaps it's time for us to revisit the topic of helping students with asthma and allergies aboard the bus nationwide. (We have been following the latest on a bill for EpiPen training for school bus drivers in Pennsylvania.)

Nicole Schlosser    |    Aug 11, 2015 08:31 AM

Schools are not following this law passed here in georgia where my son died.

Rhonda Mitchell    |    Aug 07, 2015 04:38 PM

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