Chicago district will supply EpiPens to schools to treat allergic reactions

Jan. 24, 2012
New state law allows schools to give an injection to students with severe allergic reactions

From The Chicago Tribune: The Chicago school system is planning to start stocking epinephrine injectors at schools to treat life-threatening allergic reactions. A state law signed by the governor this summer allows districts to stock EpiPens and authorizes school officials to give an epinephrine shot to any student suffering a severe allergic reaction. The law came in response to the 2010 death of Chicago student Katelyn Carlson, who had an allergic reaction to peanuts during a school party. By the beginning of next school year, the Chicago district hopes to stock four to six pens per school, costing the district about $195,000. Officials estimate that 4,000 students in Chicago schools have diagnosed allergies.

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