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More school employees can give epinephrine injection under new law

A law that takes effect Friday expands the list of people who may give epinephrine injections to schoolchildren suffering severe allergic reactions.

House Bill 5892, signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Pat Quinn, allows schoolchildren to carry and administer their own epinephrine injections in school with parental consent. The law also allows properly trained school personnel to give such an injection. Prior to this bill, only a school nurse was legally qualified to do so.

Local Reps. Mike Tryon and Barbara Wheeler, both Crystal Lake Republicans, co-sponsored the legislation, which cleared both houses without a single opposing vote.

Tryon said he sponsored the bill because he has a child with a peanut allergy.

“When a reaction starts, minutes matter and medicine must be administered quickly. Knowing that there are multiple people on site who can administer life-saving medication will give many families a great deal of peace of mind,” Tryon said in a statement.

The law also sets the criteria for the training school staff must have in order to give an epinephrine injection. You can read the text of the law at www.ilga.gov.

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