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Doctor pushes Ohio lawmakers to pass a bill for schools to stock epi-pens
President Obama signed a national bill last week to encourage schools across the country to implement idea.
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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President Obama signed a national bill last week to encourage schools across the country to carry epi pens.
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An emergency room physician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus says state lawmakers should pass a bill that would allow schools to stock epi- pens in case students have allergic reactions.

Dr. Sarah Denny says the easily injectable epinephrine can save lives.

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“Food allergies affect one-in-13  kids, and the rate of food allergies and the rate of anaphylaxis in the United States is rising significantly,” Denny said. “It is often unanticipated and can be a life threatening reaction to food, bee stings, latex, antibiotics and several different triggers. And if it is not recognized and treated properly, it can be fatal.”

The Ohio bill would allow schools to train personnel and volunteers to use the epi-pens.

A national bill has been passed that would accomplish many of the same things. But lawmakers say it’s important to get Ohio’s law passed, too, in order to maximize federal benefits.

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