State law addresses asthma plans.
MANAGEMENT OF STUDENTS WITH ASTHMA
This document provides guidelines to address the needs of students with asthma.
Maryland Code 7-421 Use of asthma drugs and related medication
(a) Definitions. --
- (1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
- (2) “Health practitioner” means a physician or other individual authorized by law to prescribe prescription drugs or devices.
- (3) “Medication” means an asthma inhaler or other emergency drug that is dispensed for a student only on the prescription of a health practitioner and pertains to the student's asthma or other airway-constricting disease.
- (4) “Self-administer” means the application or consumption of medication in a manner directed by the health practitioner without additional assistance or direction.
(b) In general. --
- (1) Subject to the provisions of this subsection, each public school system shall adopt a written policy authorizing a student to possess and self-administer medication while:
- (i) In school;
- (ii) At school-sponsored activities; or
- (iii) On a school bus or other school property.
- (i) A student who self-administers medication must have a prior written order from the student's health care provider and, if the student is a minor, the prior written approval of the student's parent or guardian.