SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will make it easier for Californians with life-threatening allergies to access emergency treatment.
The bill from Republican Sen. Bob Huff of Diamond Bar will allow trained and certified individuals to obtain and use emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, otherwise known as EpiPens.READ MORE: Biden Announces Withdrawal Of All U.S. Troops From Afghanistan By 9/11
Brown announced Thursday that he had signed SB669. Under previous state law, only those with a prescription for an EpiPen could administer the allergy treatment.READ MORE: Hot Dog On A Stick's Offering 75-Cent Dogs On April 24 For 75th Anniversary
Huff says California now joins a growing list of states that provide training in the use of EpiPens to better protect children and adults who suffer from severe allergies.
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