School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act: New York Times, September 7, 2013

In Sunday’s New York Times opinion section, author Curtis Sittenfeld soberly writes about the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act and her personal connection to it through her food allergic child.

An excerpt:  "There is now an opportunity for similar legislation to be enacted nationally, in the form of the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, and I urge lawmakers to pass it. The House approved the bill in July, and it is likely to go before the Senate this fall..Much like publicly available defibrillators, “stock” or “undesignated” epinephrine — that is, not prescribed to a particular person — can save lives without stigmatizing recipients or potential recipients or creating restrictions for those without allergies. Currently 30 states allow schools to keep undesignated epinephrine, but only four states require it. In an ideal world, every child who has known allergies would have access to prescribed epinephrine during school hours. But any parent who’s ever made a special trip to school to drop off some item forgotten at home — a preschooler’s favorite nap time blanket, a fourth grader’s lunch or a sophomore’s soccer uniform — knows that few of us live in an ideal world."

Read more at the New York Times, tell your Senator and pass it along.


Popular Posts