Sixteen states passed a legislation this year making epinephrine available in school in the case a child has a severe allergic reaction. Twenty seven schools in the U.S. now stock epi-pens. Epi-pens contains epinephrine and when taken within minutes of a severe reaction it could mean the difference between life and death. Almost all schools allow children with known allergies to carry epi-pens but advocates worry about the students who may not be aware they are allergic until it's too late. A federal bill that provides incentives to states to stock emergency epi-pens in schools has made it through the house of representatives. Twenty seven states have already passed their own legislation and five other states have bills pending. Three states,Iowa, Mississippi, and New York, introduced school epinephrine bills....but they failed to become law.
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