Although a bill in Mississippi that would have allowed schools to stock epinephrine injectors for emergencies has died in committee, similar bills in California and Indiana are moving forward.
Currently, 38 states have laws or guidelines that require or allow auto-injectors to be kept in schools. With Mississippi out of the loop, that leaves Delaware, Rhode Island and Mississippi as the only states without pending or passed legislation of this type.
Meanwhile, California laws allows schools to have epinephrine injectors on hand and for trained individuals at the schools to use them during emergencies. A new bill there (SB 1266) is progressing through the legislature and would require schools to have the injectors and training, which would allow California to gain access to federal funding incentives under the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act passed last year in D.C.
Indiana has passed two stock epinephrine laws recently, the most recent of which was signed into law by the governor and allows doctors to prescribe epinephrine auto-injectors to schools and districts instead of individuals and allows trained personnel at the schools and school districts to administer them without risk of liability. A new bill in Indiana is aimed towards state-run and regulated universities and colleges.