When a child experiences a severe allergic reaction to something like peanuts or a bee sting, time is of the essence in getting immediate medical attention. Without prompt treatment, a child can quickly stop breathing, go into respiratory or cardiac arrest, and even die.
That was the basis for the new state law P.A. 14-176, An Act Concerning the Storage and Administration of Epinephrine at Public Schools. The law took effect on July 1, and allows trained school employees to administer the life-saving treatment epinephrine for emergency first aid to any students who may experience a severe allergic reaction and were not previously known to have serious allergies.