Kasich signs bill on allergy shots in schools

Published 10:05 am Tuesday, April 22, 2014

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill making it easier for schools, camps and coaches to stock general-use supplies of epinephrine shots used to counter allergic reactions.

The measure unanimously passed both chambers of the Legislature earlier this month. Kasich signed it on Monday.

The legislation would not force schools and others to stock epinephrine injectors, but would allow the practice by removing barriers such as cost.

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Currently, parents who know their child has allergies can send epinephrine with their child to school. But it’s illegal for school nurses to dispense doses to anyone else who might have an allergic reaction at school.

The bill outlines training requirements and liability protections for authorized employees.