Wash. Bill Would Stock Schools With Life-Saving Medication
OLYMPIA, Wash. - State lawmakers are considering a bill that would supply Washington schools with life-saving allergy medications.
The measure would allow schools to stockpile epi-pens to be used in case of an emergency.
The measure would allow up to 40 percent of food-allergic kids may be at risk for anaphylaxis and 25 percent of first-time anaphylactic reactions occur in a school setting.
The Richland School Board says they looked into the measure, but they do not feel it's necessary.
"The problem with this bill...we don't have nurses all the time and we would have to be training and using regular school personnel administer epipens to kids that have never been diagnosed before. That should be a medical call," said President of the Richland School Board Rick Jansons.
The bill passed the state Senate and is now being considered in the House.