Okla. House approves bill to allow epinephrine shots in schools

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ADA, OK - Oklahoma Schools may soon be allowed to store epinephrine shots to administer to students in emergencies.

The bill has passed the House and a Senate Committee, but state Senator Susan Paddack of District 13, voted against the measure. She says she likes the bill's direction, but is unsure of certain provisions.

"It says that the physician will prescribe these to a school site, that's not typical, " said Senator Paddack. "Usually you notice that there is a doctor-patient relationship. Usually a prescription is written to a person not a school site."

House bill 2101 would authorize school nurses or certified teachers to give students the epinephrine shot in an allergic emergency, which raises another concern for Paddack.

"Are you and I trained enough to make that decision?" said Senator Paddack. "And you're asking a healthcare decision to be made by someone who may or may not be trained in healthcare."

While Paddack is hesitant, others like the the idea of having these shots available in schools.

"If my grandchildren had problems at school, I would feel very secure knowing that there would be help available to them at the school," said Vicki Christian, who is a grandparent living in Ada.

"If a child that might have a special need gets treated quicker, it could save their life possibly," said Kimberly Phillips, a parent in Ada.

The bill is now headed to the full Senate for discussion, but Paddack believes there are more issues to be worked out before the bill is passed.

"It needs some more input but that's the process of legislation, you know we want to work to make it the best we can do," said Senator Paddack.

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