Governor Snyder signed laws requiring schools to stock some potentially life-saving medication.
House Bills 4352 and 4353 are now Public Acts 186 and 187 of 2013. The legislation makes sure schools have at least two epinephrine injectors onsite and have at least two staff members trained to use the devices.
The devices provide inexpensive and effective emergency treatment for anaphylaxis brought on by food allergies.
â??Food allergies are becoming more common and the risks to children are greater,â?? Snyder said. â??By making sure our schools are equipped with these devices, we can help protect our students.â??
It is estimated that one of every 13 children suffers from food allergies, roughly two per classroom. Common food allergies include peanuts, milk, soy, wheat and fish. Other causes of anaphylaxis include bee stings, latex and exercise.
The injectors immediately deliver epinephrine into the victimâ??s system, slowing down the allergic reaction to give emergency personnel time to provide further treatment.