Law To Fund EpiPens For Public Schools

Friday, October 18th 2013, 5:13 pm
By: News On 6

This year Oklahoma and 15 other states passed laws that allow schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors not prescribed to a specific student. EpiPens can be the difference between life and death for people with severe food allergies.

Students are already allowed to carry their own EpiPens with them to school. Advocates behind the new laws are concerned about students who don't know they're allergic to a food until it's too late.

"About 25 percent of children who experience anaphylaxis, experience it for the first time at school," said Charlotte Collins of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Now it is up to schools to pay for the medicine and training to use EpiPens, but there is federal bill that provides incentives to states to stock the pens.

It's already passed the house.