EpiPens now permitted in all US schools

12:24 PM, Jan 3, 2014   |    comments
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(WXIA) -- EpiPens, which deliver epinephrin shots to people having allergic reactions, are now required in all schools to protect children with food allergies.

The EpiPen law was signed by President Obama last year. It allows schools to have a stock of EpiPens on hand and allows educators to administer the drug even to kids who don't have a prescription.

Each state will have to pass its own version of the law before schools can receive the medication. Georgia is one of seven states to already have such a law.

During the past 15 years, doctors have seen a 50 percent increase in food allergies in children. A majority of those reactions happen at school, meaning the new law could potentially save a lot of lives.

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