BY SARAH HOCKER – Staff Writer
An inhaler (or puffer) is a medical device used for delivering medication into the body via the lungs (http://www.learnersdictionary.com/). This is usually used as a treatment for asthma.
Asthma is a disease that cuts off the flow of oxygen throughout your body. Asthma sufferers feel like they cannot breath and their chest is caving in.
Many students at Lebanon High have been diagnosed with asthma and have to leave their inhaler in the Nurse’s Office, which is located next to Guidance between the Library and Auditorium buildings, because it is prescribed from a doctor.
This is all fine and dandy, except for the fact that if a student has an asthma attack, they have to run all the way to the Nurse’s Office to take a puff of their inhaler. It would be different if people had classes near the Nurse’s Office, but not everyone has classes close to that area.
Students should have the right to self administer their inhalers. They should be allowed to carry them around with them if they are ever in need of it.
People do not realize how hard it is to walk to the nurse while having an asthma attack.
By carrying one’s own inhaler, a person could prevent many asthma attacks from occurring.
I believe that carrying your own inhaler would help the issues of having asthma attacks in the hallways of Lebanon High. It would make a lot of sense to be responsible for our own inhalers during the school year.
In order to be allowed to carry our inhalers in school, the Nurse should make permission slips that our parents and doctors must sign so we are able to carry them in school. This could certainly help solve this problem.