A federal Congressional bill is in the works to offer financial incentives to states to stockpile epinephrine at schools.
Epinephrine is used for severe allergic reactions to food allergies and insect bites — the type of reaction that can cause death in an allergic person. Epinephrine is given to the allergic person by a preloaded EpiPen or a similar device.
The CDC recently issued voluntary guidelines to schools on how to protect children with food allergies. Those guidelines include restricting foods that can cause allergic reactions and making epinephrine available for use in an emergency.
There are a few states that require their schools to have supplies of epinephrine on hand, but Ohio is not one of them.
In the Defiance school system, a spokesman said there is no “stockpile of epinephrine.“
In the Napoleon school system, also no supply of epinephrine is kept available.
Ohio House Bill 296 has legislation that would ensure all Ohio schools maintain an emergency supply of epinephrine. Until a new Ohio law is signed, at the present time educators, administrators and “Good Samaritans” are not allowed to use an EpiPen in the event of an emergency unless the student needing help has a prescription.adequate.