I contacted our school district last week and asked if there were stock Epi-pens in each school. I found out that our district recently received and distributed Epi-pens for each of our school buildings. The medication can be used for anyone who may experience an anaphylactic reaction in, or around, the school building.
I know not every school is so lucky, which is why it is important for us all to support the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act. FAAN offers downloadable sample letters for you to send to your senators. Honestly, it takes five minutes to insert your senators' names into the letter and sign it. Don't know your senators? Go to senate.gov and look them up using the menu on the top right. You can e-mail or snail mail the letter.
Gretchen Flores, a Colorado based counselor, started an online petition on Change.org. Save Allergic Children's Lives in Schools is a quick way to show your support. The petition is looking for 10,000 signatures. I just signed it because I want to make sure that no one dies of an anaphylactic reaction simply because there was no medicine available.
Today is the day to take some action!