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

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) to assure that any child having an anaphylactic reaction at a New Jersey youth camp will be administered epinephrine was signed into law today by Gov. Chris Christie.

Sen. Kevin O’Toole’s legislation authorizing New Jersey youth camps to administer epinephrine was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (SenateNJ.com)

The new law, last legislative session’s S-2201, authorizes youth camps to maintain supply of epinephrine and permit trained employees to administer epinephrine to camp members suffering from anaphylaxis.

“With the enactment of this law, we can now ensure the safety of the growing number of children and young adults with potentially fatal allergies, whether they are at a K-12 school, college campus or, now, at a camp,” O’Toole said. “This law is vital because a child may experience his or her very first insect or food allergic reaction while at camp. Camps can now be prepared to respond immediately in the case any student has an allergic reaction. Receiving an immediate dose of injectable epinephrine for anaphylaxis is a life-saving measure.”

Last year, another bill sponsored by Senator O’Toole was signed into law to assure that any student having an anaphylactic reaction will be administered epinephrine. In 2014, another Senate Republican bill was signed into law to allow public and independent institutions of higher education in New Jersey to develop a policy for the emergency administration of epinephrine to a member of the campus community for anaphylaxis when a medical professional is not available.

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