State lawmakers have to pass law for Epipens in schools

      It's estimated more than 200 people die from food allergies every year, and a new federal law could help protect children with food allergies. {}It goes into effect in 2014 and involves schools keeping epipens in stock. {}The law will not require schools to keep an inventory epinephrine injectors, but it would offer financial incentives for schools that do.

      "About 25% of children who have their first episode of a severe allergic reaction to a food, it occurs inside the school setting," says Dr. David Stukus, Nationwide Children's Hospital. {}"Food allergies have increased by about 50% in the last decade alone. Currently, approximately 2 to 6% of all children have some form of food allergy, and if you think about that, that's really about 1-2 children in every classroom in America on average."The Alabama lawmakers would have to pass a state law before schools could get the injectors. {}