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Lawmakers hope to expand use of allergy treatment devices

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

Wisconsin lawmakers have proposed a bill that would allow a variety of businesses to keep a supply of epinephrine injectors in case of life-threatening emergency reactions.

Schools are currently allowed to keep a supply of the auto-injectors. The bill would let more establishments do it.

The auto-injector is used to treat anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that constricts airways so it's difficult to breathe.

Under the bill, people who give the drug and physicians who treat the person afterward would be protected from legal action by the state's Good Samaritan law.

The bill must be approved by Senate and Assembly committees and passed by each chamber before it reaches the governor.

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