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Measure to Require EpiPens in Schools Moves Forward

 
Measure to Require EpiPens in Schools Moves Forward
Posted April 4th, 2014 @ 7:32am by KFBK News

A measure to increase the use of emergency epinephrine auto injectors in California schools is moving forward but is also meeting resistance.  

Senate Republican leader Bob Huff's bill would require school districts to give EpiPens to trained personnel to give emergency medical aid to anyone having a severe allergic reaction.

"Current California laws allows schools to stock epinephrine but does not require it, putting some students at risk and making California potentially ineligible for this federal incentive," Huff said. 

The California Teachers Association is against the legislation.  

The association said in a letter it is concerned about school employees being highly encouraged to be trained in administering medication against their will.  

State Senator Ben Hueso says he's worried that we are asking personnel who are not medically trained to make a diagnosis.

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