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- McLean, Va. (Nov. 13, 2013) – President Obama signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act during a
ceremony attended by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) CEO John L.
Lehr, members of FARE’s board of directors and key congressional sponsors. This
historic and potentially lifesaving legislation is the first federal law
encouraging schools to stock epinephrine for use in allergic emergencies, and
has been championed by FARE for more than two years.
"I want to thank all the outstanding legislators who are here, and advocates. This is something that will save children's lives,” said President Barack Obama during the signing ceremony. The President also mentioned that his daughter, Malia, has a peanut allergy.
The law, passed by the Senate on Oct. 31 and by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 30, encourages states to require schools to keep lifesaving epinephrine on hand and ensure school personnel are trained to use it. The bill received strong bipartisan support and was passed by unanimous consent in both chambers.
“We are thrilled to see this legislation signed by President Obama and thank him for bringing national attention to the need to protect students with food allergies,” said John L. Lehr, CEO of FARE, who was joined at the bill signing ceremony by Rob Nichols and Amie Rappoport McKenna, members of FARE’s Board of Directors. “It is our hope that this legislation serves as the catalyst for states to recognize the need to not just allow schools to stock epinephrine, but to require this important medication be available to our students and empower school personnel to save lives.”
The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act incentivizes states to adopt laws requiring schools to have stock epinephrine auto-injectors by giving these states preference in eligibility for federal asthma education grants. Thirty states now have laws or guidelines in place allowing schools to stock undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors, but only four states (Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada and Virginia) currently require it.
- Check this out!!
Thanks to a grant from the 2012 FAAN Walk in our area and through the efforts of the FAAN Walk Committee, there are some new food allergy books donated to the shelves of the Wake County Public libraries! Please check them out:Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating When Your Life Depends on It, by Scott Sicherer and Maria Laura Acebal (6 copies)
What's Up with Paulina?: Medikidz Explains Food Allergies, by Kim Chilman-Blair and John Taddeo (6 copies)
The Peanut-Free Café (1 copy)
Don't Kill the Birthday Girl (2 copies)
- A helpful downloadable chart from Kids with Food Allergies describes the different epinephrine auto-injectors now available in the market
- Parents from the PAK Charlotte food allergy support group have organized to try to increase public school funding for school nurses. If you are interested in knowing about this effort, you can like the facebook page: NC Parents Advocating for School Health.
- Whenever you have a chance, follow some great blogs by NC FACES members! Wendy Mondello's Taste of Allergy Free Living blog , Tessa Nguyen's The Allergy Friendly TNutritionista, Maria Kennedy's Diva's Guide to Nutrition, and articles by member Joyce Hick's about living with food allergies. They are sure to have some great information and insights!
- Food allergy articles/shows of interest featuring NC FACES parents over the last year:
Coughing choruses fade for Food Allergy Walk (Taste of Allergy Free Living October 2013)
When will there be another Peanut-free Night? (May 2013)
Strength In Numbers (Living Without, Oct/Nov 2012)
The NC FACES support group is a network of friends who
support each other
and not a professional organization. Information shared here is for information purposes only and is not being provided as medical advice or endorsement by NC FACES.