SACRAMENTO (KCBS)— California’s Senate Bill 1266 would require K-12 public schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) on campus in the event a student experiences a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis. While the bill passed two separate committees, it faces strong opposition from the teacher’s union.
Many in the medical field want the bill to pass and have given testimonials that EpiPens are the only medication that can save a life during anaphylaxis, and have emphasized its safety.
Current law allows the devices in charter and public schools, but does not require them to be included in first-aid kits.
If the law is approved, the bill would require at least one staff member or member of the school’s administration to be trained to administer the medication on a voluntary basis.