Oklahoma passes law regarding the usage of epinephrine in any organization
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Oklahoma passes law regarding the usage of epinephrine in any organization

Published 12/1/15

Brooklynn Peek

TNE Writer

On Nov. 1, Oklahoma passed a new law stating that epinephrine injections, commonly known as EpiPens, can be stored in a secure box in any organization for any samaritan to use in order to save a life.

“It’s good because what if a person was in anaphylactic shock, and they were unconscious then they wouldn’t be able to administer the injection to themselves,” said Autumn Baker, Broken Arrow resident.

An auto-injector of epinephrine is a single-use device used for the automatic injection of premeasured dose of epinephrine into a person’s body. Epinephrine works by constricting the blood vessels in order to increase the person’s blood pressure. This relaxes the smooth muscles found in the lungs to reduce wheezing and improve the person’s breathing. Following this action, the heart is stimulated and works to reduce the outbreak of hives and swelling that may occur around the face and lips.

“It’s good that any place where people gather can have auto-injections accessible to them for any good citizen to use,” said Blake Vandegrift, Owasso sophomore.

Emergency public access station is a locked, secure container in which the storage of epinephrine auto-injectors is. This is generally kept under the oversight of a medical professional. However, any person may access and administer epinephrine auto-injectors to a specific individual. This law states no person who used an EPAS, with good faith, will not be liable for any injuries or damages related to the act.

“I think each office in every building should have them stocked and ready that way they are easily accessible in the event of an emergency,” said Zach Roll, Heavener junior.

Anaphylaxis is a life threatening allergic reaction that can occur within minutes of the exposure to the allergen. The quick EPAS is a way for people to save lives when the time is limited. Allergies are common among humans. Anything, whether it is foods, insect bites, stings or medications, can spark an allergic reaction. With the help of an EPAS, the reactions can be taken care and help stop further harm to a person.

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