Dillon's Law allows Wisconsin citizens to carry EpiPens
When 18-year-old Dillon Mueller suffered an allergic reaction and died after getting stung by a bee three years ago, his parents made a promise.
"It was quite the roller coaster, but we didn't want any other family to ever have to endure the tragedy that we've endured," said Angel Mueller, Dillon's mom. "The grief, the loneliness, the longing, the despair, that was my motivation to make change."
And Monday, in the same location Dillon's wake was held--- Dillon's Law became official.
"It's the most important phrase today, Dillon's Law will save lives," Governor Scott Walker said to the crowd gathered at the gymnasium.
After their son's death, George and Angel Mueller successfully lobbied for a new law, to allow businesses and organizations in Wisconsin to undergo training to obtain epinephrine auto-injectors for emergency administration to anyone suffering a severe allergic reaction.
But they wanted more, and with the help of Representative Andre Jacque, Dillon's Law now allows anyone properly trained to use an EpiPen anywhere.
"It's a very common sense legislation that gets government out of the way of people doing the right thing," Representative Jacque said.
Governor Walker praised the Muellers for their courage and dedication in the wake of tragedy.
"It's a good message to others that if you've got a good idea don't presume that somebody else" Governor Walker said in an interview, "be it local government, state government, federal government, knows all the answers, go out and bring an idea up to people and make your case and something like this can happen."
Next up for the Muellers--- promoting Dillon's Law nationwide.
A bill inspired by an 18-year-old Mishicot teen who died following a bee sting has been signed into law.
Dillon's Law expands access to epinephrine pens in case of severe allergic reactions.
The law was inspired by Dillon Mueller. Mueller died in 2014 from anaphlylactic shock. He was allergic to bees.
"Severe allergic reactions are a life-threatening condition where acting quickly is necessary," said Gov. Scott Walker. "This commonsense bill makes it easier to equip the people of Wisconsin with EpiPens to help save lives. I'd like to thank Angel and George [Dillon's parents] for their strength and dedication, and all their work throughout the process to help make this critical bill a reality."
Gov. Walker signed the bill Monday at Mishicot High School.
The Muellers pushed lawmakers to pass a law that would allow all Wisconsin citizens with proper training to carry EpiPens. The Good Samaritans would be able to obtain a prescription to carry the pens and administer a shot should someone nearby suffer a reaction.
The bill was authored by Rep. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon).