"A child who has to bring an epinephrine pen, which has a sharp point of a syringe, can run into problems," said Tringale. The adrenaline in an epinephrine pen can save a child suffering from an allergic anaphylaxis shock.
Although the pens open airways, which can keep the allergic child breathing, that sharp point on the syringe can cause safety concerns.
"Some schools would not allow that in the gym, or for the children to carry it in the classroom," said Tringale. "Some schools would require asthma inhalers and [an] epinephrine syringe to be locked in the nurse's office and the nurse only comes in three days a week."
But Washington has statewide policies to ensure those students can carry their asthma inhalers or get to their epinephrine when they need it.
With most of the state's population living in thin air at 6,000 feet above sea level, it's no wonder the government paid attention to breathing.