JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- As children head back to school, EpiPens will be going with them.
July 1, Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 284, which allows schools to keep them in stock.
"It's a victory for children in Florida schools," Dr. Patrick DeMarco said.
Previously-- only students with diagnosed food allergy and a prescription could have access to epinephrine at school.
The problem is, not everyone knows they're susceptible to an allergic reaction.
"Approximately 1 in 13 children have a food allergy and that represents approximately two children per classroom," DeMarco continued.
The new law applies to both public and private schools across The Sunshine State.
It's not a requirement for schools to stock up, but epi pens are the only proven way to prevent death from a food allergy, meaning it's highly suggested.
"I think it's important to get the word out this legislation is there and make known it's an alternative and schools are recommended to be doing this," DeMarco explained.
Senate Bill 284 was modeled after legislation already passed in Virginia, Illinois and several other states.