Laws That Are Making Epinephrine More Accessible in Public
Epinephrine pens are necessary for any who can experience anaphylaxis. While anyone with allergies that can cause anaphylaxis should carry EpiPens with them, having public availability to EpiPens can save lives. From police to schools or Now, some laws are being made that has EpiPens in more public places for access.
When your child is all grown up and moves onto college, worrying is apart of the experience. Worrying about epinephrine access can be a huge stress. Young adults with food allergies may forget their EpiPen when heading to the dining halls. Luckily, some colleges are starting to carry EpiPens. Schools like the University of Maryland are now able to carry epinephrine thanks to the House Bill 1473. The EpiPens are in cases which will sound alarms to notify a staff member that someone needs help. Having EpiPens in the university can protect young students from their life threatening allergies. Hopefully with the success of the University of Maryland, more colleges will make epinephrine more accessible.
If someone goes into anaphylaxis from food allergies, time is key in administering epinephrine. In Pennsylvania, police officers now are permitted to acquire a stock of EpiPens. Police officers have to undergo training to learn the signs of anaphylaxis and how to store and use EpiPens. Another Pennsylvania bill will expand the availability of EpiPens to summer camps, colleges, restaurants, daycares, and other facilities. Rep. Ryan Warner believes the wide access to EpiPens can be a great benefit to those with known or unknown allergies.
A new law in California allows EpiPens to be stored by businesses and organizations. The law builds upon legislation from 2014 that required schools to stock up on EpiPens. This law, unfortunately, is not a requirement. Businesses can stock up on EpiPens but can be fairly expensive to restock on. Having EpiPens everywhere is a great help to protect people with food allergies, for anaphylaxis can happen to those who aren't even diagnosed. Before the law passed, many organizations were concerned about the liabilities around giving epinephrine. Now, they can have more confidence in carrying it and the safety of using it.
These laws are just some of the many that are being written and passed in regards to Epinephrine and the accessibility to it. While there are many states that still can make EpiPens more available in the public, these are some of the first steps to protecting everyone with food allergies. Read our article about overcoming obstacles with carrying epinephrine and how to advocate for schools to stock epinephrine. To find out your state’s laws on public access to epinephrine, check out FARE’s list of laws and state agencies.
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