Bills requiring EpiPens in schools goes to Snyder

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Bills requiring every public school in Michigan to have special injectors to treat allergic reactions are going to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.

The Senate on Thursday voted 27-11 and 37-1 for bills requiring schools to have two epinephrine devices starting next academic year.

Many children with severe allergies already bring EpiPens to school. But supporters of the bills say a quarter of anaphylactic shock incidents in schools occur among students unaware that they have an allergy.

Children can die if they don't get a dose of epinephrine to stop reactions to peanuts or bee stings.

Schools can qualify for free EpiPens through a program being offered by a pharmaceutical company. School districts would have to train one or two employees to administer the medicine depending on a school's size.

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