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Deaths of Two Illinois Students Sparks Effort To Help Save Lives

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new law will help students with severe allergic reactions at school.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new law will help students with severe allergic reactions at school.

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D) celebrated Thursday as President Obama signed into law their legislation to encourage schools across the country to maintain access to epinephrine auto-injectors.  It's called the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act.

"We will save lives and ease the minds of families across the country" says Kirk.

The deaths of two Illinois children served as the catalyst for the law.  A Lake Forest family lost two of their kids seven years ago after having a severe food allergy attack.

"Our hearts ache when we hear stories like these" says Durbin.  "In many cases such terrible outcomes could have been prevented."

Although students with severe allergies are currently allowed to self-administer epinephrine if they have a serious allergic reaction, a quarter of anaphylaxis cases at schools involve young people with no previous allergy who are unlikely to carry a personal epinephrine auto-injector.

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