Proposed law would let kids with asthma keep their inhalers while in school
A child uses an inhaler to treat asthma. (SHUTTERSTOCK.COM/sarra22)
TORONTO - The mother of a 12-year-old boy who died after suffering a severe asthma attack at school wants all Ontario school boards to allow kids to carry their emergency inhalers with them.
Sandra Gibbons says the public school in Straffordville, near Tilsonburg, kept taking inhalers away from her son Ryan because of a policy to lock up all prescription medications.
Ryan died Oct. 9, 2012 after an asthma attack when he was outside the school building during recess.
Progressive Conservative Jeff Yurek is urging the Ontario legislature to pass his private member's bill that would set a province-wide policy to allow kids with asthma to carry their inhalers in class.
He says many boards have a "misguided one-size-fits-all" policy for prescription drugs that must be changed to protect students with asthma.
Education Minister Liz Sandals says she is supportive of Yurek's bill, which he named Ryan's Law in honour of Ryan Gibbons.