The Senate Education Committee voted unanimously today to approve two legislative measures authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar). SB 1266 will require public schools to stock epinephrine auto injectors on campus so critically important medicine can be administered quickly and safely if a student suffers from a serious anaphylactic allergy reaction during school hours. Current California law allows schools to stock epinephrine, but does not require it. While many California schools are already voluntarily stocking epinephrine, there is no concrete data on how many.
Epinephrine, commonly known as adrenalin, is a hormone and a neurotransmitter. It increases the heart rate, constricts the blood vessels, and opens the airways.
“Epinephrine is the first line of treatment for someone who is suffering from an anaphylactic allergic shock,” Senator Huff testified during today’s committee hearing. “It can be easily administered and has little side effects. Reactions can be so severe – even fatal – without prompt use of Epinephrine.”
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Source: State Senator Bob Huff