Bill to protect N.J. college students from severe allergic reactions advances

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A bill to help protect students and staff at New Jersey colleges from severe allergic reactions passed the state Assembly’s higher education committee Monday.

The bill, passed by the state Senate in August, directs the state’s secretary of higher education to craft guidelines for university presidents who want to empower trained personnel to give emergency epinephrine to students and staff suffering from serious allergic reactions to peanuts, shellfish, bee stings and other triggers.

To boost response times, the bill allows medical professionals to train designees to administer the medication – often through EpiPens injected into a thigh – and gives them immunity as long as they are acting in good faith.

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