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NASBE Launches Epinephrine Policy Initiative
Date:12/10/2012

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the rise in reported food allergies among students in the last 15 years, it is crucial that policymakers understand how to best prepare school personnel to deal with related health emergencies. To help with those efforts, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is launching a new initiative, in collaboration with Mylan Specialty, designed to help state boards of education as they develop student health policies regarding anaphylaxis and epinephrine auto injector access and use. 

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The importance of this work is highlighted by the recent tragic deaths of students who came into contact with an allergen but were unable to access an epinephrine auto injector because they did not have a prescription on file at the school. All too often, state and local laws and policies do not provide for this contingency. In life-threatening situations, this puts school nurses in an untenable situation—giving an injection and risking their nurse's license (when, in fact, there is a nurse on staff), or anxiously hoping the paramedics will arrive in time. Even when medics do arrive, there is no guarantee they will have an epinephrine auto injector with them.  

As part of its initiative, NASBE will publish an Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto Injector Discussion Guide to provide a comprehensive treatment of the issue and set the stage for policy development. The guide will also aid boards and administrators at every level a tool to assist the creation of action plans and answer the questions critical to policy development.

"From bee stings to various foods, these allergens can trigger life-threatening reactions among students, and it is incumbent on us as policy leaders and educators to take actions that protect these children," sai
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