Michigan schools train for laws requiring EpiPens

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Training is taking place to prepare every public school in Michigan to have epinephrine injectors to treat allergic reactions starting this academic year.

Gov. Rick Snyder last year signed laws requiring schools to have two epinephrine devices and ensure at least two staff members are trained to use them.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1veejlG ) Monday that some training sessions are taking place, including regional training sessions for school employees in Macomb and Oakland counties. The Detroit Public Schools district conducted trainings earlier this year.

Children can die if they don't get a dose of epinephrine to stop reactions to peanuts, for example. EpiPens immediately deliver epinephrine into the victim's system, slowing the allergic reaction to give emergency personnel time to provide further treatment.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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