Obama signs bill aimed at helping kids with food allergies

  • Article by: KIMBERLY HEFLING , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 14, 2013 - 3:51 AM

WASHINGTON — The deaths of two girls in Illinois and Virginia from severe food allergies have helped spur efforts to get schools to stockpile emergency medications that can save lives.

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firefight41Nov. 13, 13 7:24 AM

That effort has now reached the highest level: President Barack Obama's desk. The president was expected to sign a bipartisan bill that offers a financial incentive to states if schools stockpile epinephrine. ************** If there are people, and yes children that have severe allergies then they carry and epi-pen. If they don't they are fools, and if the children don't the parents should be charged with negligence.

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leftwingnewsNov. 13, 13 8:53 AM

I don't know why this had to reach the federal government. Shouldn't the school be able to figure this out? There are a lot of administrators and school boards who should have been able to forsee this issue. I can understand that a child and parent might forget an epipen.

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como55Nov. 13, 13 9:18 AM

Food allergies change as people grow and develop. Some people "outgrow" certain allergies, while others develop new ones, even into adulthood. People don't know that they have an allergy until the reaction happens. Also, we need to consider the possibility of life threatening reactions to bee stings. It isn't until someone gets at least their second bee sting or more before they start having reactions and they often get worse with each subsequent bee sting. It seems like allowing schools to keep a small amount of epinephrine on hand for truly life threatening emergencies is a small price to pay for a child's life. Charging the parents with negligence won't bring the child back.

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imichelleNov. 13, 13 9:30 AM

It isn't about those that forget their pens, it is about those that don't know that they need one yet. Having epi pens available is the exact same precaution level as having people trained in CPR and defibrillators available.

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circleoflifeNov. 13, 1310:01 AM

The reason why the schools don't already do it is because they want extra money for it. Period. It has nothing to do with keeping kids safer. It's all about the money and that's what this is really about.

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firefight41Nov. 13, 1310:51 AM

It isn't about those that forget their pens, it is about those that don't know that they need one yet. Having epi pens available is the exact same precaution level as having people trained in CPR and defibrillators available. **************** Normally a first-time exposure may only produce a mild reaction. For a mild reaction, it is recommend to use over-the-counter medications (such as antihistamines).

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