Friday, October 18 2013, 07:25 PM MDT
EpiPens in Schools
(KUTV) New laws passed in 16 states make it legal for schools to keep epinephrine on hand in case a child has a severe allergic reaction.
In 27 states schools are stocking EpiPens, but advocates say more needs to be done.
Spencer Kavanagh suffered a severe allergic reaction in kindergarten, now he carries his EpiPen on him at all times.
The second grader has several allergies that can send him into anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening condition.
EpiPens contains epinephrine. When taken within minutes of a severe reaction it could mean the difference between life and death. Almost all schools allow children with known allergies like spencer to carry EpiPens, but advocates worry about the students who may not be aware they are allergic until it's too late.
A federal bill that provides incentives to states to stock emergency EpiPens in schools has made it through the House of Representatives. Already 27 states have passed their own legislation and five other states have bills pending.
The issue is finding the money to pay for the medicine and the training.
Three states, Iowa, Mississippi, and New York have introduced school epinephrine bills, but they failed to become law.
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