Governor approves life-saving device for Michigan schools

LANSING—State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, applauded Gov. Rick Snyder for signing important legislation that will help protect Michigan children in the case of life-threatening allergic reactions at school.

House Bills 4352 and 4353, sponsored by state Rep. Lisa Lyons, R-Alto, were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday.

Amy Jeffers Radomski, a local mother from Capac, came to Lansing to testify in support of the bills. Her daughter Ashley is severely allergic to eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. She carries an epi-pen twin pack, antihistamine and a rescue inhaler with her at all times in case of an accidental exposure or ingestion.

“We can now supply a simple life-saving device to our schools that will keep our kids safe,” said Pavlov, who chairs the Senate Education Committee. “I am grateful to the Radomski family for their hard work in helping to prevent unnecessary tragedies for other Michigan families.”

Under the new law, two epinephrine injectors, or epi-pens, will be placed in each Michigan school, and staff will be trained to use them. Epi-pens are the most effective emergency treatment for anaphylaxis, a life-threatening type of allergic reaction. The injectors are simple devices used to immediately get epinephrine into the allergy victim’s system, slowing down the allergic reaction to give emergency personnel time to treat and save the student’s life.

HBs 4352 and 4353 are now Public Acts 186 and 187 of 2013.