New Law Allows Kids To Bring Nebulizers To After-School Events
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November

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , /


A POSSIBLE DRUG RING AT THE PRISON AT DANNEMORA. A NEW LAW GOES INTO EFFECT TOMORROW THAT WILL HELP SOME CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS BREATHE EASIER. THE LAW ALLOWS CHILDREN TO TAKE ASTHMA CONTROLLING NEBULIZERS TO AFTER SCHOOL FUNCTIONS AND TO SPORTING FIELDS. CBS 2’S CAROLYN GUSOFF HAS THE STORY. Reporter: 7-YEAR-OLD HARRISON KNOWS WHEN HE NEEDS HELP FAST. COUGH A WHOLE LOT AND IT’S VERY, VERY HARD TO BREATHE. Reporter: DOCTORS HERE AT STRAUSS ALLERGY AND ASTHMA TAUGHT HIM WHAT TO DO, MEDICINE OPENS UP HIS AIRWAYS DELIVERED RIGHT TO HIS LUNGS, FROM THE MIST OF A NEBULIZER. THE MACHINE SAVES LIVES BUT HE IS NOT ALLOWED TO BRING ONE WHERE HE MAY NEED IT MOST ON SCHOOL SOCCER FIELDS. IT PUTS SPECIAL MEDICINE FOR YOU THAT HELPS YOU BREATHE. Reporter: THAT NOW CHANGES. A NEW LAW IN NEW YORK STATE ALLOWS CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA TO BRING THEIR OWN NEBULIZER TO SCHOOL AND ATHLETIC FIELDS AND ADMINISTER IT THEMSELVES. IT TOOK YEARS OF LOBBY BY A DOCTOR WHO HAS SEEN TRAGEDY ON FIELDS WAITING FOR AN AMBULANCE NEBULIZERS LOCKED AWAY BEHIND CLOSED SCHOOL DOORS. THEY ARE ALLOWED TO USE IT AND THEY CAN CARRY THEIR NEBULIZER ON THE ATHLETIC FIELD. I THINK THIS IS WHAT IS A SO- CALLED NO-BRAINER. Reporter: SENATOR PHIL BOYLE SPONSORED THE LEGISLATION AKIN TO HAVING LIVE SAVING DEFIBRILLATION ON FIELDS. I BELIEVE IT’S MORE LIKELY THAT A CHILD WOULD HAVE ASTHMA ATTACK THAN CARDIAC ARREST. Reporter: NEXT UP LEGISLATION TO ALLOW SCHOOLS TO BUY THEIR OWN NEBULIZER SO ONE IS ALWAYS ON HAND. REQUIRING NEBULIZERS IN SCHOOL HAS MET WITH RESISTANCE BECAUSE OF LIABILITY CONCERNS AND COST. YOU CAN BUY A NEBULIZER FOR ANYWHERE FROM $60 TO $150. YOU CAN ACTUALLY IN MY OPINION FINANCE THAT WITH A BAKE SALE. Reporter: NOT A BIG INVESTMENT IN SAVING A LIFE, SAYS DO MILLER, WHO THINKS EVERYONE — SAYS DR. MILLER, WHO THINKS EVERYONE WILL


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