Bills requiring EpiPens in schools goes to Snyder

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Bills requiring every public school in Michigan to have special injectors to treat allergic reactions are going to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.

The Senate on Thursday voted 27-11 and 37-1 for bills requiring schools to have two epinephrine devices starting next academic year.

Many children with severe allergies already bring EpiPens to school. But supporters of the bills say a quarter of anaphylactic shock incidents in schools occur among students unaware that they have an allergy.

Children can die if they don't get a dose of epinephrine to stop reactions to peanuts or bee stings.

Schools can qualify for free EpiPens through a program being offered by a pharmaceutical company. School districts would have to train one or two employees to administer the medicine depending on a school's size.

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