Your help is needed and here are the tools for our success:
SB1167-which will expand access of life saving epinephrine to business and other entities, will be presented to the Senate Health Committee on (Date TBA).
Committee members need to hear from you that this bill is important to the citizens of VA. Click on this link to find the contact information of your Senator. Simply click on each member’s name to find data.
• Step One: Write a short letter to each Senate Health Committee.
• Step Two: Write a letter to YOUR representative. Click on this link, to FIND MY LEGISLATOR.
Below is a sample letter...
The Honorable Steve Martin
Senate Education and Health
General Assembly Building
Richmond, VA 23219
RE: Support SB1167 (Hanger) Epinephrine Saves Lives
I would like you to consider voting in favor of expanded stock epinephrine since there is no method to predict when or how severe an allergic reaction will be.
· In 2014 Stock Epinephrine was used in Virginia Schools over 300 times
· 1 out of 4 children were experiencing their first reaction
· The parent who doesn't know their child needs epinephrine can't provide it
· The person who doesn’t know they have an allergy can’t prepare for it
Although my own child has severe allergies, we already carry epinephrine. I want stock epinephrine for the child who takes my summer art class at VMFA and experiences their first reaction while in my care. I’ll either save that child with stock epinephrine, or wish I could.
In 2012 Virginia was a leader in School Epinephrine Access in the United States. Now, 48 states have School Access to Epinephrine: http://www.foodallergy.org/
Build on our success! Florida has already passed HB 1131 to allow public venues to carry and store epinephrine auto-injectors for emergency use by the public: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=52382
As a parent with an understanding of severe allergies, I have a personal responsibility to teach my child to prevent reactions, carry epinephrine and speak about our experience to raise awareness, compassion and understanding. I'm available at your convenience if you wish to discuss this further, or have any questions.
Tiffany Glass Ferreira