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Maryland Requires Schools to Stock Epinephrine for Emergency Use

By Carlton Purvis

Similar legislation was introduced in the House by Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee. Roe's bill would give grant preference to states that had epinephrine programs in their schools. It would also require states to have a Good Samaritan law protecting school employees from liability related to the administration of epinephrine to students believed, in good faith, to be having an anaphylactic reaction. The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act (S. 1884) was introduced in the Senate in November.

“On average, there are two children with food allergies in every classroom… Additionally, it is estimated that 25 percent of anaphylaxis cases in schools involve individuals with a previously unknown allergy. Schools must be prepared to save the lives of children who have never had such reactions and do not possess their own epinephrine prescriptions,” Roe said in a statement published after meeting Amarria’s mother.


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