Illinois' U.S. Senators are pushing a bill that aims to expand Epi-pens and allergy training in schools.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times:
A measure that aims to expand training and access to life-saving medication for children with food and other allergies has advanced to the full U.S. Senate.
Both U.S. Senator Mark Kirk R-Ill. and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin D-Ill. sponsored the bill, which they say will reward schools that improve access to epinephrine auto-injectors — which are used if students have life-threatening systemic allergic reactions.
“We will save lives with this legislation,” Senator Kirk said in the Committee markup. “My hope is to lay down the record that this is a standard of care in schools across America to have an epinephrine pen. Every child should have access to swift, safe life-saving medication in the event of an allergic reaction. I will continue to work with Senator Durbin to ensure our children stay safe in school.”
In 2010, a 13-year-old Northwest Side student died from an allergic reaction to peanuts at a school party.