Revised law would let college trip leaders give anti-allergy shots

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Should college students leading class trips be allowed to give emergency injections to classmates experiencing acute allergic reactions?

While state law allows injections of the drug epinephtine to be administered in kindergarten through 12th grade by nurses, teachers or other adults, a recently passed Senate bill would let student leaders who undergo training to administer the potentially life-saving shots in an emergency.

Epinephrine shots can treat severe reactions if delivered within minutes of their onset, but their effectiveness is reduced beyond 20 minutes, noted Dr. Janet Neglia, associate director of medical services at Princeton University.

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