Senate approves Lucido bills allowing police, firefighters to use EpiPens, protect school employees who use them

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Tuesday approved legislation to allow firefighters and police officers in Michigan to carry and use EpiPens to treat life-threatening allergic reactions, and to provide liability protections for school employees who administer EpiPens.

“These bills would correct a problem preventing first responders from having the tools they need to save lives,” said Sen. Peter J. Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “The legislation will allow first responders to use EpiPens to help people experiencing allergic reactions — something that is very common — yet they have not been able to carry EpiPens with them, which makes no sense.”

Senate Bill 417, sponsored by Lucido, would allow physicians to prescribe and pharmacists to dispense auto-injectable epinephrine, commonly referred to as EpiPens, to firefighters and law enforcement agencies to treat anaphylaxis.

The Senate also approved SB 843, sponsored by Lucido, which would establish civil and criminal liability protections for school employees who, in good faith, either administer or do not administer auto-injectable epinephrine to an individual. The bill would also provide criminal liability protections for school districts, members of school boards, and directors or officers of nonpublic schools, as they already enjoy civil liability protections.

“Educators and school employees want nothing but the best for their students and individuals under their care, including their health and well-being,” Lucido said. “They shouldn’t have to worry about getting sued if they need to administer an EpiPen, or if they for some reason are unable to administer one.”

The bills now advance to the House of Representatives for consideration.