Tenn. Lawmakers Could Require EpiPens in Schools

Monday, April 1, 2013

Kendra Tiedemann's 8-year-old son has been carrying an epinephrine injector with him since he was 3. But the Franklin mother says not all children may have the so-called EpiPen, a device designed to quickly treat serious allergic reactions.

That's why she and others support a bill advancing in the Legislature that would authorize at least two epinephrine auto-injectors to be placed in all public and private schools in Tennessee.

"Not all children are able to carry their own EpiPen, or they may be uncomfortable having something that makes them look different," said Tiedemann, who also carries the device, as well as her husband.

She described her son Paul as a "highly allergic individual" and said she's developed a plan to hopefully limit the chances of him having an anaphylactic reaction at school. She reviews the plan with his physicians each summer, then gives it to his school to keep on file.

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