Christie Signs O’Toole Bill to Save Students from Potentially Fatal Allergic Attacks

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) to assure that any student having an anaphylactic reaction will be administered epinephrine was signed into law today by Gov. Chris Christie.

The new law, formerly S-801/A-304, requires public and nonpublic New Jersey schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine and authorizes school nurses or a trained designee to administer the life-saving treatment to any student who is having an anaphylactic reaction.

“Time is of the essence when a child has a serious allergic reaction and this law is vital because a child may experience his or her first allergic reaction while at school,” said O’Toole. “This new law will make sure that schools are prepared to respond immediately in the case any student has an allergic reaction. Receiving an immediate dose of injectable epinephrine for anaphylaxis can be a life-saving measure.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies, which can lead to severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, result in more than 300,000 ambulatory care visits a year among children younger than 18 years old.

“As a growing number of children have food allergies it’s critical that we give trained professionals at schools the ability to provide this treatment to whoever might need it,” O’Toole said.