At one time, school officials were only permitted to hold EpiPen medication for students prescribed with the auto injector, epinephrine. A new law now encourages schools to have a stock of epinephrine for two essential reasons: (1.) to potentially save lives of students having allergic reactions and (2.) to reduce possible liability against school employees who use the EpiPen when a student is suffering an allergic reaction. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Arizona is one of 21 states that have an epinephrine stock in schools.
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This new Arizona law doesn’t require schools to use their budget towards the medication, however. Only unless the state provides separate funding for the auto injectors will a school be able to carry the allergy medicine. While no official funding for this movement has been made, the Arizona Department of Education sent a request for $480,000 in 2015. This budget will go towards not just the medication, but the training too.
So, as of right now, the option to carry epinephrine medication is voluntary. Senator Linda Lopez says, “Schools who feel like they can afford it will do it. Others, hopefully, in the community will come forward.” School officials are still required to call 911 in the case of an allergy emergency, such as a student in anaphylactic shock. Lisa Horne, the president and founder of Arizona Food Allergy Alliance, says, “Every second and every minute that goes by [after the start of an allergic reaction], the EpiPen gets to a point where it really won’t work and it can’t reverse the effects of what’s already been done.”
It is with great hope and perseverance that the Legislature can provide the resources needed to get these EpiPen school programs to fruition in every school across not only Arizona, but across the country. More kids than ever are suffering from food and environmental allergies, and our schools should be one of the safest places for them. To read the full article from AZCentral, use the following link:http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/20131004schools-epinephrine-permitted.html.
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