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Bills signed on school CPR, allergy drugs

PHOENIX (AP) -

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed bills allowing schools to offer CPR classes and requiring them to stock injectable drugs for use if a student has a severe allergic reaction.

Senate Bill 1421 signed Thursday requires regular and charter schools to stock two juvenile doses and two adult doses of injectable epinephrine at each school if the Legislature provides the money. Policies and training for staff also are required.

Backers argued schools need to stock the drugs in case a child who has an undiagnosed allergy has a reaction.

Senate Bill 1337 encourages schools to provide CPR training to students in grades 7 through 12. An earlier version of the bill made the training mandatory but it was amended to allow voluntary compliance. Backers argued it would save lives.

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