(Easton) -- A state lawmaker wants schools in the commonwealth required to stock pre-filled injections designed to treat severe allergic reactions.
Rep. Bob Freeman (D-Northampton) says such reactions can be life-threatening, and having such devices on hand would allow school officials to act quickly in an emergency.
The devices such as EpiPens are used to inject epinephrine into someone showing signs of a serious allergic reaction such as hives, throat tightening and decreased blood pressure.
The proposal would build on a 2010 law that allows students to carry such devices with parental and doctor approval.
Freeman said that without a mandate, districts might not stock the devices because of the cost, and a requirement is important given a dramatic rise in child food allergies.
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