Despite 92 co-sponsors in the House and 38 in the Senate, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act – introduced in 2001 by Senator Dick Durban (D-TN) and Representative David Roe (R-TN) – has stalled in committee.
Notwithstanding the epic failure of our federal legislature, a number of states have taken up the challenge and are introducing legislation that would allow their schools to stock emergency doses of epinephrine to be administered by staff when a child is suffering an apparent anaphylactic reaction. The federal legislation would provide incentives to states to pass such laws as well as adopt the necessary good samaritan legislation to shield school employees from liability.
Reports of school-aged children dying of anaphylactic reactions are on the rise; now is the time to act! We urge you to get involved by calling your federal and state representatives to demand they support school epinephrine legislation. We invite you to post follow-up comments to this article to provide the status of legislation in your state and the contact information of representatives that are key to passing it.
Join us! Don’t let another child suffer catastrophic consequences due to a lack of epinephrine or a school staff member with the proper training to administer it! Click here for a letter sized “Uncle Sam” flyer to help enlist your friends, neighbors and family in the cause!