EpiPen stockpiles at schools is good news for parents


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on November 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 14 at 7:57 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A new lifesaving tool for kids with food allergies could soon be stocked in schools.

President Obama signed a bipartisan bill on Wednesday, Nov. 14, that offers a financial incentive to states if schools stockpile EpiPens, considered the first-line of treatment for people with severe allergies.

It's good news for parents who may or may not know if their children have a deadly allergy. For parents of kids with food allergies, news that schools could soon stockpile EpiPens provides peace of mind and it’s a welcome sign that their kids will be a lot safer.

"Sounds like a good precaution if you ask me," Marcus Vonkalben, a parent, said.

"My nephew has it, so it would be a good thing," Jennifer Rodriguez, parent, said.

Even for parents of children that don't have a known allergy it's reassurance that there is life saving medication at their school if it’s needed.

"I definitely think they should have them on hand for emergencies because half the teachers don't know what kids have what allergies," Angie Allison, mother, said.

President Barack Obama's signed a bill on Wednesday that offers a financial incentive to states if schools stockpile Epinephrine, considered the first-line treatment for people with severe allergies.
Epinephrine can be used for severe allergic reactions to food as well as insect bites, latex and medication.

The Epinephrine stockpiling is aimed primarily at children who have previously undiagnosed allergies or as a backup for those with known allergies.  And those numbers are only going up.
According to a new study, one in 20 kids has some kind of food allergy. It's increased more than 50 percent since the late 1990s.

The medication is administered by injection, through preloaded EpiPens or similar devices.

As long as they educate them on how to use it and when to use it, I think it's a good idea," Allison said.