The Lowell Sun published an editorial this week that endorsed legislation before the Massachusetts Legislature that would increase CPR training.
The opinion piece, published on June 8, called on lawmakers to pass two bills that have the backing of the American Heart Association. One bill would make learning CPR a graduation requirement for Massachusetts high school students. Another bill would require all 911 operators to receive training on how to deliver CPR instructions over the phone.
The piece points out that Massachusetts has fallen behind much of the country when it comes to CPR education. For example, as of 2022, more than 40 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have passed bills relating to CPR training for high school students.
“Laws requiring CPR certification for all public-safety dispatchers and mandating teaching of CPR in schools would more align with our state’s otherwise healthy image,” writes The Sun.
Read the full editorial here.