Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Nancy F. Muñoz, known as the “Higher Education Epinephrine Emergency Treatment Act,” which allows colleges and universities to develop a policy for the emergency administration of epinephrine to a member of their campus community to treat an anaphylaxis attack was signed into law on Tuesday by Gov. Christie.
Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction which is usually caused by a bee sting, or eating foods known to cause allergies, such as peanuts, fish, shellfish, and milk. Epinephrine medication, often administered with an EpiPen auto-injector into a person’s thigh, is a common way to treat the attack.
“An anaphylaxis reaction is often unexpected and can occur anytime and anywhere,” said Muñoz, R- Union, Morris and Somerset. “Reacting quickly can make the difference in saving someone’s life. New Jersey’s colleges have the personnel who know how to administer treatment, but they may not be immediately available. Training and preparing responsible members on the campus to administer epinephrine will save lives.”
The bill, A-3766/S-2448, directs the Secretary of Higher Education to establish policy guidelines for the emergency administration of epinephrine, which will be sent to the president of each institution. The new law provides immunity for a licensed campus medical professional, a trained designee, and a prescribing physician for good faith acts in administering the medication.
Muñoz’ colleague, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, R-Morris, Essex and Passaic, was also a sponsor of the legislation.