COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill making it easier for schools, camps and coaches to stock general-use supplies of epinephrine shots used to counter allergic reactions is headed to the governor after clearing the Ohio Legislature.
The House unanimously approved the measure Wednesday, after a unanimous vote by the state Senate on Tuesday. Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) is expected to sign the measure.
The legislation would not force schools and others to stock epinephrine injectors, but would allow the practice by removing barriers such as cost.
Currently, parents who know their child has allergies can send epinephrine with their child to school. But it’s illegal for school nurses to dispense doses to anyone else who might have an allergic reaction at school.
The bill outlines training requirements and liability protections for authorized employees.