I’m taking a break this week and not spending any time online. Thankfully my friend Jessica from Found the Marbles is sharing some information with us this week.
This is a Pennsylvania issue, so you will want to contact your PA State Senator and PA State Representative, not your Federal people.
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It is estimated that 20-25% of epinephrine administrations in schools occur in children with no prior history of life-threatening allergies, whether to a food, bee sting, latex or something else. When a child has no history of allergies, a first time reaction could be devastating since that child would likely be without life-saving epinephrine on hand. Pennsylvania Sen. Matt Smith, D-Allegheny/Washington, introduced legislation that would require schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors, commonly known as EpiPens, in a secure location to be used by designated personnel to treat an anaphylactic reaction. In addition to the bill mandating epinephrine be kept in schools, Sen. Smith also introduced two other epinephrine-related bills, SB 896 and SB 897 that will provide guidelines and allow public sector entities and restaurants to obtain and administer epinephrine in an emergency situation. Any individual responsible for administering the medication would also have to successfully complete training regulated by the Department of Health. If you want to support these bills, please contact your legislators.
Please read her post for more information. As always, if you don’t want to write or call your person, I have some tweets right here for you. These tweets are directed at the PA House and Senate, you can always add in the Twitter handle of your local person.
[Tweet “Please support @SenMattSmith PA bills 896-898 for kids with allergies, it’s life and death @PaHouseDems @PAHouseGOP “]
[Tweet “We want PA HB 896-898 to pass, please support! Our kids need to be safe. @PaSenateDems @PASenateGOP “]