According to Livingston Daily, the state of Michigan has passed a law requiring Michigan schools to have devices to deal with dangerous allergic reactions.
What Are EpiPens?
Many children are allergic to foods, bee stings, latex, or medications. For some children, the reaction can occur within seconds, causing anaphylaxis.
Anaphylaxis is a severe reaction to an allergen which may cause rash, fever, vomiting, dizziness, and restricted airway. Restricted airway poses the most danger for children suffering an allergic reaction and may cause the reaction to be fatal.
A common quick fix, and possible lifesaver, is the medication epinephrine. It can be administered easily through the use of an auto-injectable device known as an EpiPen.
Each Michigan school will now be required by law to have to EpiPens. In addition, each school is required to have one or two staff members trained to use the device on students or adults suffering an anaphylactic reaction.
Purpose of the New EpiPen Law
This law is intended for dealing with undiagnosed cases of life-threatening allergies. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 25% of the severe and potentially life-threatening reactions reported at schools occurred in children with no previous diagnosis of an allergy. Children who have been made aware of their allergy are still expected to bring their own epinephrine devices to school.
The EpiPens require a doctor’s prescription, and local doctors have volunteered to provide those prescriptions to school districts statewide. So far, 460 prescriptions have been written for nearly 4,800 EpiPens.
The law states that school districts must use funding from private sources to cover costs; however, with how important the EpiPens have become in today’s schools, schools can apply to the Michigan Department of Education for reimbursement of funds in the event that private funding isn’t available.
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About the Hit-And-Run
A pedestrian walking in the median along SW Loop 410 near Highway 90 was struck by an 18-wheeler on Monday according to KSAT 12. The driver of the semi failed to stop and render aid to the pedestrian.
The victim was transported to University Hospital in San Antonio in critical condition and pronounced dead at approximately 10 p.m. Monday night.
The Bexar County Medical Examiner has not released the name of the victim.
Pedestrian Safety Information
Following information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every 7 minutes in traffic crashes in 2012.
- In 2011, an estimated 76,000 pedestrians were injured, 11,000 of those injured were age 14 and younger.
- In 2010, nearly one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic crashes was a pedestrian.
- Alcohol-impairment—either for the driver or for the pedestrian—was reported in 47% of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian death.
- Pedestrians should increase their visibility at night by carrying a flashlight when walking and by wearing retro-reflective clothing.
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About the Fatal Car Accident
According to the San Antonio Express-News, Fabian Perez, 30, was driving a Suzuki compact west along Texas 27 when he crossed the center line and hit an oncoming pick-up truck. The collision occurred around 6:20 p.m.
Perez and his passengers were headed back to a swimming spot after picking up supplies from Wal-Mart. Perez was announced dead at the scene, along with his passengers: 7-year-old Hector Mendoza Jr. and a man from Mexico.
The driver of the pick-up truck was not injured or identified. The accident is still under investigation.
Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics
- In 2012, 33,561 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
- 2.36 million people were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2012.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 3,377 people were killed and 232,041 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in Texas in 2013.
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