New Law Requires Michigan Schools To Have EpiPens
Michigan schools will soon be a little safer for students who suffer from allergies.
Two bills requiring schools to have EpiPens were signed by Governor Synder on Monday. They passed the Michigan House 96-10 and 106-0.
Schools will be required to have staff who are trained to use EpiPens.
Freep.com has more on the need for EpiPens and on Michigan’s new law:
According to Dr. Matthew Greenhawt, a University of Michigan pediatric allergist and director of research for the school’s Food Allergy Center, one out of every 13 children under age 18 suffer from food allergies, or two in an average-size classroom.
The Michigan bills would let doctors and pharmacists prescribe epinephrine to school boards. They would be shielded from malpractice lawsuits unless they are recklessly negligent, and teachers and other school workers who use the drug would be protected as long as they act in “good faith.”
Time matters when treating allergic reactions.
This new law is great news for families of students who suffer from allergies.