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From back in May, 2005



The point here - it took a child's death to permit common sense in dealing with allergies. This tragedy occurred at a YMCA camp.


AUGUSTA The Maine House of Representatives Thursday supported a measure proposed by Rep. Chris Barstow, D-Gorham, to allow children at summer camp to carry emergency medications in order to self-administer the live-saving drugs in an urgent situation.


The bill builds upon Barstows successful effort during the last legislative session to allow students to carry asthma inhalers in school. The proposal approved today allows children at summer camps to carry any emergency medication required, not only asthma inhalers.


Barstow submitted the bill in part due to the death three years ago of a 14-year-old Massachusetts boy who was unable to use his inhaler while at a summer camp in New Hampshire. The inhaler was locked up at a nurses station and the camper, Jovahny J. Ortiz, of Lawrence, Mass., had lost his spare inhaler.


Maine has one of the highest rates of childhood asthma in New England, and this bill will make sure our children have access to the medications they need when they need them, Barstow said. By increasing access to these medications we are taking steps to prevent any needless tragedies.


There are more than 129,000 people in Maine who live with asthma, and about 30,000 of them are children younger than 14, according to the Maine Asthma Prevention and Control Program. Maine children are more likely to live with asthma than children in other New England states.


Approving this bill brings Maines laws closer to those of other New England states. Following Ortizs death, New Hampshires legislature enacted two separate laws to allow campers to carry inhalers and epinephrine pens. Massachusetts has a similar law.



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I have never been a fan of locking up a kids meds in the medical hut & forcing the kid to go there to have them dispensed especially inhalers. If a kid as a condition that requires them to take medication or carry epi pens or use an inhaler, they should be responsible for themselves. The same goes for allergy management.


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