States enact laws to stock epinephrine at schools

Twenty-seven states allow or require schools to stock epinephrine that's used to fight sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions caused by eating certain food products, such as peanuts, or bee stings.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 16 of those laws were enacted in 2013.

Charlotte Collins is of public policy and advocacy for the allergy foundation and has been keeping track of which states are enacting laws to encourage schools to stock the devices.

She believes the trend was sparked by last year's death of a Virginia first-grader who had an allergic reaction on a playground after eating a nut. She went into and died at a local hospital.


Explore further

Bill urges schools to stock anti-allergy drug

© 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Citation: States enact laws to stock epinephrine at schools (2013, October 17) retrieved 27 November 2020 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-10-states-laws-stock-epinephrine-schools.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments