Office of the Governor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Aug. 19, 2019
Gov. Pritzker Signs Bill Allowing Schools to Supply Undesignated Glucagon
“Ensuring schools across the state have access to glucagon will better serve our students, parents and communities,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “People with diabetes depend on this life-saving drug, and now students will always have access at a moment’s notice.”
Under the new law, undesignated glucagon must be stored in a location immediately accessible to a school nurse or a designated care aid who can administer it to a student if authorized and if the student’s prescribed glucagon is not available on-site or expired. After the administration of undesignated glucagon, a school must immediately notify the student’s parent, guardian or emergency contact.
House Bill 822 takes effect immediately.
“This new law will ensure that our children are receiving the medical care they need when they are away from home,” said Sen. Neil Anderson (R–Andalusia). “For parents with diabetic children, the fear of them having an emergency situation at school is constant. This law seeks to give them peace of mind in knowing that the school has access to this life-saving drug.”
“This measure will ensure that nurses in schools across the state can continue to put the lives of their students first, by implementing best practice for the health and safety of every student with diabetes,” said Rep. Mike Halpin (D-Rock Island).
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