Lucido bills allowing first responders to use EpiPens, protect school employees who use them signed into law
LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Peter J. Lucido’s legislation allowing firefighters and police officers in Michigan to carry and use EpiPens to treat life-threatening allergic reactions and provide liability protections for school employees who administer EpiPens were signed into law by the governor on Tuesday.
“I am pleased we were able to come together to support our first responders and school employees with this legislation,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “These commonsense bills will make it easier for first responders and school workers to do their jobs and help save the lives of people in need. I can’t think of a better way to end my legislative career than having these bills become law.”
Senate Bill 417, sponsored by Lucido, allows physicians to prescribe and pharmacists to dispense auto-injectable epinephrine, commonly referred to as EpiPens, to firefighters and law enforcement agencies to treat anaphylaxis.
“EpiPens are such a common tool used to help people experiencing allergic reactions, and our first responders will now be able to carry them while on duty,” Lucido said.
The governor also signed SB 843, which establishes civil and criminal liability protections for school employees who, in good faith, either administer or do not administer auto-injectable epinephrine to an individual. It also provides criminal liability protections for school districts, members of school boards, and directors or officers of nonpublic schools, as they already enjoy civil liability protections.
“If a teacher or school employee needs to administer an EpiPen to a person on campus, they shouldn’t have to worry about getting sued for it,” Lucido said. “And if they are unable to administer one, they shouldn’t be sued either. Our teachers and school workers want nothing but the best for our children — and we’ve just made it a little easier for them to do their jobs.”