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NC House bill requires schools to keep epi-pens

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm •  Published: April 23, 2013

Kendra Montgomery-Blinn, a Durham parent who spoke in favor of the bill, said she appreciates that North Carolina is ahead of the curve, but daycare employees should be free of potential liability as well. She said current law discourages employees from taking life-saving measures because they fear the risks.

"Many children are first diagnosed with a life-threatening allergy when they have their very first reaction at daycare," she said.

Brent Townsend, a pediatric radiologist in Raleigh, supported Blinn's appeal. He said recent studies show one in 12 people have food allergies, and that number is increasing for reasons that aren't fully understood.

Bill sponsors said they're exploring adding daycares and private schools to the clause freeing employees of liability.

The bill, which passed the Education Committee unanimously, goes to the House floor next.