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Thu October 17, 2013
Epi-Pens Are A Must Have In Kentucky Schools
Epi-Pens could mean the difference between life and death to a student that may come in contact with certain foods or insects.
Twenty-seven states, including Kentucky, allow or require schools to stock epinephrine. Their biggest among school systems has been for allergic reactions to peanuts and bee stings. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 16 of those laws were enacted in 2013. Charlotte Collins is senior vice president of public policy and advocacy for the allergy foundation and has been keeping track of which states are enacting laws to encourage schools to stock the devices. She believes the trend was sparked by last year's death of a Virginia first-grader who had an allergic reaction on a playground after eating a nut. She went into cardiac arrest and died at a local hospital.