Bill Could Equip Schools with Injectors to Treat Allergic Reactions

House Bill 2101 would allow school districts to maintain their own supply of EpiPens, or other types of injectors, to use on students having life-threatening allergic reactions.

"It will be one step in the absolute right direction in saving children's lives," said Dr. Jane Purser, M.D., with the Allergy Clinic of Tulsa.

Dr. Purser explained that currently, the law does not allow school nurses to administer injectors on students in anaphylaxis if the device does not belong to the student. However, the bill would allow school health professionals to administer the treatment without a health care provider order.

The bill's summary said the school districts would not be liable if an injury resulted from the injection.

The bill passed the State House by a margin of 73-18. Channel 8 made phone calls to several legislators who voted against it, but given the Easter holiday, did not receive a comment as of 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Dr. Purser said she believes opponents may be concerned about cost. However, she said she has heard from drug companies who want to help public schools fund the devices.

The bill is currently in the Senate. Its Education Committee recommended the legislation March 18th.