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New law to help protect children at school

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An epinephrine pen inside its container. An epinephrine pen inside its container.
Gov. Steve Beshear (D-KY) Gov. Steve Beshear (D-KY)

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - A bill to help protect children while at school has been signed into law.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed House Bill 172 on Monday. The new law encourages schools to keep emergency epinephrine pens, or epi pens, on school grounds.

"If this legislation can help save a child who has a life-threatening allergy, it's well worth it," Beshear said. "Whether they're at school or at home, we want kids to be safe, and to have access to medicine that can be vital in emergency situation."

Children who have a known food allergy are likely already carrying the pens to school. The new legislation will help schools be prepared for situations where a child may have an unknown allergy or has lost or misplaced their epi pen.

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