ALEXANDRIA, VA-Does your child have asthma? According to the CDC, the condition is “a leading chronic disease” for children and teenagers.
Recently the Virginia Senate approved HB 2019, supported by Delegate Delores McQuinn, to place albuterol inhalers in public schools. The legislation passed by a vote of 37-2.
“I have heard of too many instances, including from students that I know personally, of them having an asthma attack, but not having their inhaler on them because they forgot to bring it with them that day, or their parents did not provide them with one,” said McQuinn. This bill will ensure this life-saving medication is readily available to our students.”
The bill will return to the House of Delegates, where it passed on Jan. 28 by a vote of 82-18. A Senate substitute is expected to pass and reach Gov. Northam’s desk.