NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 17, 2013)--Twenty-seven states now allow or require schools to stock epinephrine to treat potentially life-threatening allergic reactions caused by such things as bee stings and certain food products including peanuts, and according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 16 of those laws were enacted in 2013.
Charlotte Collins, senior vice president of public policy and advocacy for the allergy foundation, has been keeping track of which states are enacting laws to encourage schools to stock the devices.
She believes the trend was sparked by last year's death of a Virginia first-grader who had an allergic reaction on a playground after eating a nut.
She went into cardiac arrest and died at a hospital.
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