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Legislature considering school epinephrine mandate

By Preston Ayres, payres@wcyb.com
Published On: Apr 01 2013 10:08:33 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 01 2013 04:11:51 PM CDT

A proposal is advancing in the Legislature that would allow at least two epinephrine auto-injectors to be placed in all public and private schools in Tennessee.           

Proponents of the legislation say it's necessary for children who may not carry a so-called EpiPen, a device designed to quickly treat serious allergic reactions, or for children who have their first reaction at school.           

The proposal is expected to be heard next week in the House and Senate finance committees.           

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, roughly one in 13 kids under age 18 have at least one food allergy.

Nearly 40 percent of those youngsters have had a severe allergic reaction.