“You know we think that kids and their parents know about their allergies, but there are times when they don’t,” said Representative Mary Throne.
Cheyenne - (KCWY) “You know we think that kids and their parents know about their allergies, but there are times when they don’t,” said Representative Mary Throne.
Currently in Wyoming kids who are prescribed epinephrine can bring their Epi pens to school, but if a child who has an allergic reaction doesn't have an Epi pen or know about a certain allergy it can be deadly.
“A child has a bee sting, goes out for recess gets stung by a bee, goes into anaphylactic shock they have about two to three minutes if they don’t receive a dose of epinephrine,” said Senator Bernadine Craft.
Students in rural areas of the state could wait thirty minutes before receiving the care they need and for many it would be too late.
“The good news is I haven’t heard of related deaths in Wyoming, unfortunately we have heard of all kinds of deaths across the country,” said Craft.
If passed school nurses or designated personnel would have the authority to administer epinephrine if needed to a student in an emergency situation.
“We have students who have severe allergic reactions and time is of the essence,” said Kathy Vetter the President of the Wyoming Education Association.
Sponsors of the bill say that about thirty other states already have this system in place in their schools and now it’s time for Wyoming to take charge and protect our students.
Wyoming’s education association president says the bill would benefit those who already have an Epi pen as well.
“If they forgot to send it with their student or if their student forgot to take it from the counter or wherever they have it, they are right there at school,” said Vetter.
For those who have may have to save a child’s life and use an Epi pen on a student they will be protected under the law as well.
“This bill provides immunity to districts and to those administering the Epi pen,” said Throne.