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Bill on president's desk would make EpiPens mandatory at schools

Updated: Thursday, November 7, 2013 |
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A bill to require EpiPens in all schools is headed to the president's desk.

The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act has now been passed by both the House and Senate. It's heading to President Obama Thursday.

The bill will provide protection for kids with allergies.

Nearly 6-million children in the United States have food allergies. That is roughly two students in every classroom.

Anaphylaxis, a serious form of allergic reaction, can be fatal in a matter of minutes.

In the event of an allergic reaction, epinephrine, or an EpiPens, can be used to stop deadly swelling of the throat and tongue.

The bill will provide an incentive for states to allow schools to maintain an emergency supply of epi-pens and permit trained school personnel to give the shots to any student in an emergency.

It's been widely praised by advocated for kids with allergies.

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

"If we can save a kids life, why wouldn't we?" asked mother Sue Kavanagh.

26 states have legislation right now that require schools to have EpiPens. A bill is working through the Michigan legislature right now.

President Obama is expected to sign this nation-wide bill into law.

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