New Law Allows KY Schools To Use EpiPens

Reported by: Mark Stitz
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Updated: 4/22/2013 11:45 pm
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed HB 172 into law Monday afternoon under the Kentucky State Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.

The new law allows schools to purchase and store EpiPens and use them on children who fall into a life-threatening anaphylactic shock. The shock can be caused by severe allergies to foods, insect stings, or latex.

Health officials say one in 13 children suffer from food allergies alone, and that many of those kids don't know until they experience their first allergic reaction. Sometimes that first reaction happens at school, which is why the new law allows the EpiPens to be used on students who do not have a prescription for one.

Teachers and other school employees will have to go through training before using an EpiPen on a student.
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