School bus drivers required to undergo EpiPen training

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A new state law requires school bus drivers to be trained on how to administer potentially lifesaving EpiPens.

The law also requires the drivers to spot the signs of anaphylactic shock.

Some parents with children who have severe allergies say that knowing bus drivers will be trained on EpiPen use makes them feel at ease.

Brad Cohen, head of the Connecticut School Transportation Association, says he's worried about what other drugs drivers might be asked to administer. He says most drivers can't even see when a child is having an allergic reaction and the new law might give "a false sense of security to parents."

Drivers have until next summer to complete their training. Many bus companies are already conducting the training.

The new law shields bus drivers from liability if something goes wrong with the EpiPen. Kids are allowed to administer their own EpiPens to themselves.

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