“Allergy emergency in public places” bill passes TN Senate
Nashville, TN (WDEF) – Senator Mark Green of Clarksville announced the Senate passage of a bill allowing epinephrine auto-injectors to be available in public spaces.
The thought is these areas attract large groups of people and exposure to allergens could pose a risk to those who know they have allergies and those who are unaware that they may be at risk for anaphylaxis (a severe, sometimes life-threatening, allergic reaction).
The legislation passed by a vote of 33-0.
Senator Green said SB1989/HB2054 authorizes trained individuals as well as others acting under the supervision of a physician to provide or administer an epinephrine auto-injector under certain circumstances, which would allow organizations such as scout troops, daycares, colleges and universities, restaurants, sports arenas, and other business entities to obtain a prescription and have the life-saving medication on hand for use in an emergency.
Nineteen other states have similar legislation, including in Michigan, New Jersey, Kentucky and West Virginia.
Rep. Sabi Kumar (R-Springfield) is the House sponsor. The bill was approved by the House Health Committee on Wednesday.
Senate co-sponsors of the bill include Sens. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City), Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald), Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville), Richard Briggs (R-Knoxville), Becky Massey (R-Knoxville), Bo Watson (R-Chattanooga), Paul Bailey (R-Sparta), Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge), Doug Overbey (R-Maryville), and Ed Jackson (R-Jackson).