Mon October 1, 2012
Lawmaker Hopes to Allow Schools to Stock EpiPens
A Kentucky state lawmaker wants to expand EpiPen use in schools.
EpiPens are used to stop the effects of allergic reactions, and currently, state law only allows students with allergies to carry the devices.
“Some children are not aware a particular allergy and the place that it occurs for the very first time is there in the cafeteria setting or in school," says Representative Addia Wuchner, who will again file a bill that would allow schools to carry EpiPens for general use.
“The way I think of EpiPens is as a fire extinguisher, we’re going to put out that allergic reaction, the number one treatment that we have is through the use of an EpiPen. In that situation we could potentially save lives," says Doctor Wes Sublett.
Wuchner says the bill failed last year because she introduced it too late in the session.