LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws requiring every public school in Michigan to have epinephrine injectors to treat allergic reactions.
Schools will have to have two epinephrine devices starting next academic year and ensure at least two staff members are trained to use them.
“Food allergies are becoming more common and the risks to children are greater,” Snyder said in a statement Tuesday. “By making sure our schools are equipped with these devices, we can help protect our students.”
Children can die if they don’t get a dose of epinephrine to stop reactions to peanuts. Other causes of anaphylaxis include bee stings, latex and exercise. EpiPens immediately deliver epinephrine into the victim’s system, slowing the allergic reaction to give emergency personnel time to provide further treatment.
It’s estimated that one of every 13 children has food allergies.
“Adding epinephrine auto injectors to our schools’ emergency tool kits will protect kids from the sort of unexpected and life threatening food allergies that have tragically claimed so many lives on playgrounds and in classrooms in other states,” said Lisa Rutter, a mother of two and founder of the No Nuts Moms Group who attended Monday’s signing.
The bills were sponsored by Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto.
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