School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act
Congress has passed the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act. Thank you to all who took action to help this important federal legislation move one step closer to becoming law! It awaits President Obama’s signature. Your support of this bill will help make our schools a safer place for children at risk for anaphylaxis.
The law will encourage – but not require – states to implement policies allowing schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors for use in emergencies. States who develop such policies that allows self-administration of asthma and anaphylaxis medication will be given additional preference for grants.
While this bill sends a strong message from the federal government about the importance of being prepared to treat anaphylaxis, we still need to work to ensure that all states pass epinephrine stocking laws for schools.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) supports school policies that promote access to life-saving medications to treat students and staff who experience severe allergic reactions. Visit http://cqrcengage.com/aafa/epinephrine to learn more and take action on pending state epinephrine stocking bills.
Does your state allow emergency access to epinephrine in schools?