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Am J Public Health. 2004 Jul;94(7):1102-8.

Asthma inhalers in schools: rights of students with asthma to a free appropriate education.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Preventionand Health Promotion, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA.


Students who possess and self-administer their asthma medications can prevent or reduce the severity of asthma episodes. In many states, laws or policies allow students to possess and self-administer asthma medications at school. In the absence of a state or local law or policy allowing public school students to possess inhalers and self-medicate to treat asthma, 3 federal statutes may require public schools to permit the carrying of such medications by students: the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Local policies and procedures can be based on these federal laws to ensure that students with asthma can take their medicines as needed.

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