Just this week, the South Dakota Senate unanimously approved a bill that will allow EpiPens to be stocked in schools.
These injector pens contain a single dose of epinephrine, which is adrenaline used to treat sudden energy attacks.
Harrisburg Superintendent Jim Holbeck says there are students in the district who already have EipPens in the nurse's office.
He says this new bill is one more way to protect his students.
"Maybe somebody is allergic to something and they've never had a reaction before and all of a sudden they do. This will be available that we can use those on those type of cases. And hopefully we never run into that but if we did, it could save a life. It could be a bee sting. If a child's never been stung by a bee and they go out to recess and get a bee sting and then react to it -- might be that we have to use that," said Holbeck.
Currently the district has a no peanut policy. No word yet on whether this bill would change that. But the Epi-Pens would be in all eight district buildings.
Michele Powell has first grade twins in the district. One of them, Millicent, is allergic to peanuts.
Her Epi-Pen is kept in the nurse's office just in case she goes into shock.
"It was very scary. She was wheezing. She had hives. She was throwing up. She went unconscious like I said. The ambulance got there and took her to the hospital. She was really sick," said Powell.
She says it could happen to anyone and having Epi-Pens readily available in schools for all children should ease parents' minds.
"I think kids are probably coming to school with products that contain peanuts and they just don't realize it because if you don't have a child that's allergic to food, peanuts, milk, anything like that, you're not going to stand in the store and read the boxes," said Powell.
And safety is number one on Superintendent's Holbeck's mind.
"We have AED machines in our school and now having EpiPens is just another way of keeping people safe," said Holbeck.
Friday, August 1 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-08-02 02:19:37 GMT
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