I received an update late this afternoon regarding the pending legislation that I have been talking about all week. The original phrasing of Amendment 4828 to HB0866 would have required all schools in Tennessee to stock epinephrine auto-injectors that are basically prescribed to the school rather than a particular student. The new phrasing authorizes schools to stock this life-saving medication which can be used on any student believed to be experiencing anaphylaxis. This is still an important change from current law which restricts the use of epinephrine to those students who have a prescription and their own auto-injector on campus. I have not received confirmation as to whether SB1146 (the TN Senate version of the bill) has received the same modification. I hope that you will all continue to lend your support to this important legislation!
If you live in Tennessee and you have not already done so, please write letters of support this weekend. These should be emailed directly to members of the TN House Education Committee and TN Senate Education Committee. Please include the following details.
- Your first and last name
- Your city and state
- Briefly state why you support authorizing schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors for use on any student experiencing anaphylaxis
- Ask committee members for their support
- Thank them for their time and service
Questions can be posted below in comments or directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: The bill that would allow TN schools to stock epinephrine autoinjectors for all students perceived to be in experiencing anaphylaxis was passed by the House and Senate of the TN General Assembly on 4/15/13. Many thanks to all who lent their support to this process!!
There is a bill signing ceremony for this legislation on 6/4/13. See this post for more info!