Prevent Needless Deaths in Schools

For very good reasons, public schools have strict policies on administering medications to students. Most do not allow educators to give children any medicine that has not been provided by parents and authorized by them in writing.

A common-sense exception to the rules should be approved in Ohio. It could save young lives.

In a few states, there have been reports of children suffering allergic reactions while in school – and dying before health care professionals could save them. The deaths could have been avoided had schools been equipped with EpiPens, which are easy-to-use devices to administer epinephrine to people whose bodies go into shock because of allergies.

A bill in the Ohio House of Representatives (HB296) would authorize trained school personnel to keep epinephrine on hand and administer it to children whose allergies send them into life-threatening shock.

Clearly, the bill should be enacted immediately. Thus far, we have heard of no allergy related deaths in Ohio schools. Getting HB 296 into law could keep it that way.