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Can Schools Use EpiPens on Students with Severe Allergies?

Question: Can schools use EpiPens to treat students with severe allergies without fear of liability? Answer: In 2011, a state law went into effect allowing schools to legally stock and dispense life-saving epinephrine shots. New legislation, now in effect, expands on the earlier law which allowed authorized medical personnel to give the injections. Now, trained school employees and volunteers can administer the injections if they believe a student or visitor is having an allergic reaction, even if the person has not been diagnosed with an allergy. Students can also carry and administer their own injections, if they have parental consent.   For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.com. If you have a legal question, send it to illinoislawcolumn@isba.org.