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Why More Schools Should Stock Emergency EpiPens


Schools that stockpile emergency epinephrine—like EpiPens—can save the lives of students with food allergies. One city seeing success with their stockpile is Chicago, found a new study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting.

In 2010, a seventh grade Chicago girl died after having an allergic reaction to Chinese food brought into the school. The school had no EpiPens on site, and the girl died at the hospital. The incident shook the school district into transformation, and Chicago’s school district is now one of the first among large urban centers to implement formal policies on epinephrine stocks.

The new study looked at emergency stocks of epinephrin in Chicago Public Schools during the 2012-13 school year for severe anaphylactic emergencies. Emergency epinephrine was used on 38 children and adults for the academic year.

“I was definitely surprised by that number,” says study author…

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