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Your opinion on new EpiPen law?

We’ve written a lot this week about a new law allowing epinephrine autoinjectors for general use in schools.

Students known to be prone to severe allergic reactions, or anaphylaxis, have been able to bring one of the devices (one brand name is EpiPen) to school. The new law allows districts to maintain a stock of autoinjectors not assigned to individual students for use on playgrounds, buses and field trips, and for undiagnosed students having a first-time reaction.

Doing so is option for school districts. But those who choose to stock EpiPens should also train and authorize nonmedical staff, like bus drivers and playground attendants, to administer them to students in an emergency, the state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction said this week. OSPI’s report, which came out Wednesday, offers guidelines and recommendations, not requirements and edicts. But local districts are looking to state officials for guidance.

If you have a child with a severe food or other allergy, or if you work at a school, we invite you to take a poll at kitsapsun.com homepage about whether you think staff members other than school nurses should be trained to give epinephrine injections.

OSPI Epinephrine Recommendations