Dear Epi Pen Bill Advocates,The language from the Epi Pen Bill has successfully made it into the joint budget! It is the exact language from the bill and it continues to be a mandatory requirement!
This is great news and I know it is because of all your efforts! That many emails and phone calls did not go unnoticed. We need to still wait to breathe a sigh of relief until it is all said and done because the legislators have to debate the full budget bill and vote on it twice . However, it is looking very good. If we hear any word of the Epinephrine portion being debated, we will send it on to you immediately.
If you can tell you networks to email their own personal Senators and Representative to express their support for this part of the budget, that would be wonderful. They can say that they support the portion of the budget titled "Supply of Emergency Epinephrine Auto-Injectors on School Property" Section 8.23(a).
I hope you will all take a moment to reflect upon that fact that your efforts will save the lives of children across NC. We were all a part of this and it really has been a grassroots effort. We lost a great advocate in Rep. Fulghum who passed away last month. Members of our advocacy group met with him for the first time to propose this bill with Dr. Townsend two years ago. Rep. Fulghum was immediately receptive and told us he would fight with us. I hope that we have made him proud.
Thank you all for your dedication!
We will keep you posted and please pass along any update that come your way.
- The North Carolina General Assembly
- North Carolina State Senate
- North Carolina Governor
- Senator Louis Pate
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The North Carolina General Assembly.
Require Epinephrine Pens in Every School for Emergency Use
State Senator, Support State SB 744 which requires NC schools to keep stock, non-specific Epinephrine in case of emergencies. This legislation has passed in the House. Now we need legislators to VOTE. This is the last chance!
This legislation is supported by the groups The North Carolina Pediatric Association, NC Parents of Allergic Kids (PAK), NCFACES, and Food Allergy Families of the Triad. These are groups of North Carolina parents or medical doctors of children with severe allergies.
This legislation is not just for kids with known food allergies. It is intended to benefit all children even those who may not have a known allergy, but show symptoms of an anaphylaxis allergic reaction. It's those children that do not have known allergies who are most concerning. The first time they have a reaction may be in school. Currently, schools have no way to help them.
Anaphylaxis is a systemic allergic reaction that can kill within minutes due to asphyxiation or extremely low blood pressure. To prevent death, anaphylaxis must be treated promptly with an injection of epinephrine. This legislation would require schools to ensure that epinephrine is available in schools and that school personnel are trained to administer it in an emergency. Epinephrine is safe and easy to administer.
The need for this legislation was underscored in early 2012 when a Virginia first-grader died when she suffered anaphylaxis at school that was not treated promptly with epinephrine. Nearly six million American children (close to 8% of all children) have allergies that place them at risk of anaphylaxis. Schools need to be prepared to treat allergic reactions in the event a student’s personal epinephrine auto-injector isn’t available or the student is having a reaction for the first time.
This is not a controversial legislation. It is supported by the Food Allergy Research & Education, Inc. and it serves to protect all children.
I hope you will join us in supporting the passage of this legislation. Thank you for considering our views.
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