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Quinn signs epinephrine law for schools

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  • Epinephrine auto-injectors are used to treat life-threatening anaphylactic reactions.

      Epinephrine auto-injectors are used to treat life-threatening anaphylactic reactions.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

A new bill signed into Illinois law says trained personnel at schools statewide will be able to administer injectable epinephrine for those appearing to have strong allergic reactions.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday that'll allow trained school officials to administer so-called EpiPens if a person is believed to be having an anaphylactic reaction. The law takes effect Friday.

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The bill will allow those who've had training -- including school personnel and volunteers -- to give the injections. Previously, only school nurses could do so.

Quinn says it'll enhance safety at schools.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan backed the plan. She says Illinois State Board of Education officials will draft rules on the training

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