State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced the passage today of House Bill 39, which permits schools and camps to procure and use inhalers for the treatment of asthma symptoms. The bill also exempts those schools and camps from the licensing requirements for possessing the inhalers.

“Allowing schools and camps, to use emergency inhalers is a common sense solution to a growing medical problem,” said Obhof. “House Bill 39 will increase access to life-saving medicine for children who experience an unexpected asthma attack.”

Asthma – a condition in which the airways become inflamed and constricted preventing air from reaching the lungs – is the most common chronic illness in children. In addition to permitting the administration of certain inhalers, the bill also sets requirements for interactions between school and medical professionals, and establishes liability protections for trained employees who properly administer the medicine. The General Assembly passed similar legislation allowing epinephrine use for allergy symptoms in 2014.

Senator Obhof co-sponsored House Bill 39, which will now go back to the House of Representatives for concurrence in Senate changes, before being sent to the Governor for his signature and enactment.

The Senate today also passed Senate Bill 124, which would designate the month of May as “Asthma Awareness Month” and May 5 as “Childhood Asthma Awareness Day.” Senator Obhof also co-sponsored this bill, which will now go to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

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