Elmhurst has plans to be the first city to enact the Annie LeGere Law, legislation sponsored by Senator Chris Nybo that permits police officers to carry and administer epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) on duty as an emergency measure to reverse life-threatening allergic reactions. However, Nybo recently sponsored an amendment to the law in response to hurdles encountered by the police department them from beginning implementation.
Deputy Chief Michael McLean said that while the police department has added EpiPens and extensive device training to their budget, they are struggling to find physicians to sign off on an EpiPen training program to begin piloting the safety initiative.
Medical professionals in our district and other municipalities are reluctant to issue their approval until health providers have greater liability protection under the Annie LeGere Law.
Working with DuPage County Board Member Pete DeCianni, Senator Nybo recently filed an amendment to the law (Senate Bill 2226) that would strengthen the protection of doctors who participate. Come Spring Legislative Session in January, it is my goal to get this amendment passed and get EpiPens in the hands of police officers all across Illinois.
For background, the Annie LeGere Law was signed on August 5 and inspired by 13-year-old Annie LeGere who passed away from a fatal allergic reaction that could have been prevented with the administration of epinephrine. I worked with Annie’s parents and Rep. Michelle Mussman to pass this important law.
The Annie LeGere Law was truly a community effort, but more work remains. The support I received from families, schools and law enforcement was key to its success in Springfield, and we may need more help again to pass the amendment.