Officers, firefighters allowed to carry EpiPens under new legislation

Published: Jul. 19, 2019 at 6:29 AM EDT
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Legislation that would allow Michigan police officers and firefighters to carry EpiPens is set to be introduced in the Michigan Senate.

The penlike injectors are used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions.

Senate Bill 418 would allow police and fire departments to get prescriptions for, and to buy and distribute EpiPens to first responders trained to use them.

Sen. Michael MacDonald, R-Macomb Twp., who is sponsoring the bill, says state police officers and firefighters are not allowed to carry or use Epipens currently.

In a statement, MacDonald said first responders in Michigan are already equipped to use Narcan if a person is experiencing an overdose, so it makes sense for them to be allowed to treat someone experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction.

The legislation is set to be introduced in the Senate this year.

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