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Lawmaker wants to expand the availability of EpiPens in schools

A Kentucky state lawmaker wants to expand EpiPen use in schools. EpiPens are used to stop the effects of allergic reactions, and currently, state law only allows students with allergies to carry the devices. But Representative Addia Wuchner says not all students are aware of their allergies, and she will again file a bill that would allow schools to carry EpiPens for general use. Pediatrician Web Sublett of Family Allergy and Asthma says that could be the difference between life and death for some students.

"The way I think of EpiPens is as a fire extinguisher, we?re going to put out that allergic reaction, the number one treatment that we have is through the use of an EpiPen. In that situation we could potentially save lives," said Sublett.

Wuchner says the bill failed last year because she introduced it too late in the session.

Kenny Colston is the Frankfort Bureau Chief for Kentucky Public Radio (a collaborative effort of public radio stations in Kentucky). Colston has covered Kentucky's Capitol and state government since 2010. He is a Louisville native, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. When he's not tracking down stories about Kentucky politics, you can often find him watching college sports, particularly football.
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