Pennsylvania (18 NEWS) — Pennsylvania kids with asthma or allergies will soon have an easier time keeping their symptoms under control. Under old law only students with known allergies were allowed to use their own epipen. Starting January 2nd, a new health law will allow for the storage of multiple epipens in a safe, secure location that can be administrated by trained teachers or the students themselves during an emergency.
Health officials pushed for the change after studies showed that nearly a quarter of allergic reactions involving the use of an epipen occured with students who had no previous symptoms. Teachers must complete a training program developed by the Department of Health to be certified and the funding for the epipens would be provided by the schools themselves.