Lisa Madigan pushes for more classroom EpiPens

August 13, 2012 8:16:07 PM PDT
With kids going back to class across the state, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is reminding everyone EpiPens are more available at schools thanks to a new law.

Epinephrine autoinjectors, of which the EpiPen is one, help protect students from potentially deadly food allergies. An EpiPen shot can save the life of a student having a violent allergic reaction to food.

The new law, called the Illinois Emergency Epinephrine Act, expands access to the pens and broadens usage guidelines for school staff.

"If we don't have the medicine to treat them immediately, we could end up unfortunately with deadly results," said Madigan.

Madigan cited a 'Journal of Pediatrics' study which says 25 percent of children with food allergies have their first reactions while at school.