Legislation protecting students with asthma by allowing their schools to keep backup inhalers on hand was signed into law Friday.
The measure, SB3015, allows school nurses, or other school personnel, to administer asthma medication that is registered in the name of a school district, public school, charter school or nonpublic school to a person in respiratory distress. Similar laws already apply to life-saving EpiPens, which are applied to combat severe allergic reactions.
Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) said the legislation will help build on the progress the state has made thus far in combating asthma.
“We have to do more to help kids suffering with asthma in school,” Koehler said “This legislation will help so many young kids focus more on school and less on their next inevitable asthma attack.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health, approximately 8.4 percent of children in the United States and 13.6 percent of children in Illinois currently have asthma.