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Schools now required to have Epi-Pens

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - When students return to school from their holiday break a new law will go into action, aimed at saving their lives.

The School Access To Emergency Epinephrine Act, which was recently signed by President Obama, encourages states to adopt laws requiring schools to have "stock" EpiPens on hand in case of an emergency.

Staff will also have to be trained and schools will need a plan in place if the situation arises.

Parents and doctors are praising this new legislation calling it a "game-changer."

"Food allergies have increased by about 50% in the last decade alone. Currently, approximately 2% to 6% of all children have some form of food allergy, and if you think about that, that's really about 1-2 children in every classroom in America on average," said Dr. David Stukus.

Michigan Congressman Fred Upton was a part of a bipartisan group that pushed this bill through. He says the law's purpose is to give parents a peace of mind.