Illinois is one of 27 states that allow schools to stock the epinephrine, a medication that is used to fight potentially deadly allergic reactions caused by food or bee stings.
Of those 27, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, and Virginia require schools to stock the drug. The rest are allowed to carry it without a prescription for an individual and staff members who administer it have legal protection.
A Virginia first-grader died last year after getting an allergic reaction from eating a nut. An official with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America believes that incident prompted the move to stock the drug.
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