Three cheers! Wisconsin is now the 48th state to protect students’ right to carry and use their lifesaving anaphylaxis medications at school. On November 23, Gov. Scott Walker signed a law that allows a student while in school, at a school event, or under the supervision of a school authority to possess and use a prescribed epinephrine auto injector if it is used to prevent the onset or alleviate the symptoms of an emergency situation.
“I would like to thank state Senator Pam Galloway and Representative Pat Strachota for authoring this legislation and for their leadership on this issue,” Gov. Walker said in signing the bill.
Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) President Nancy Sander has high praise for the new Wisconsin law and for the advocates who helped gather momentum and support for the legislation as it made its way through the state assembly and senate. “Thanks to all of you calling on the phone and writing letters to make this happen,” she says. “This legislation will save lives. We hope the remaining two states without these protections — New York and Rhode Island — will soon pass similar laws.”
AANMA has spearheaded efforts to get laws enacted in all 50 states protecting students’ rights to carry and use their prescription asthma and anaphylaxis medications. Every school year, students die because they were unable to get to their asthma or anaphylaxis medications fast enough.
Do you live in New York or Rhode Island and want to help get laws passed in your state? Contact Sandra Fusco-Walker, AANMA’s director of patient advocacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-878-4403.
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