Wisconsin has became the 48th state to protect students’ right to carry and use their lifesaving anaphylaxis medications at school.
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,” said Walker.
Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics President Nancy Sander praised the new Wisconsin law as well as 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 said. “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 died because they were unable to get to their asthma or anaphylaxis medications, and AANMA applauds lawmakers for taking steps to stop such needless deaths.
The national nonprofit organization is committed to ending needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. AANMA specializes in sharing family-friendly, medically accurate information through its award-winning publications Allergy & Asthma Today magazine and The MA Report newsletter, its website at www.aanma.org and numerous community outreach programs.