A bill introduced in the House is aiming to allow first responders to administer prescription medications to Minnesotans who suffer from adrenal insufficiency.

The disease can be life-threatening when the adrenal glands don’t produce enough of the hormone cortisol when the person suffers some sort of physical trauma.

Rep. Clark Johnson

Legislation authored by House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) would pave way for certified emergency medical services personnel to become certified to assist with medications.

“It’s important that people who face adrenal insufficiency, that they are working with their local EMS folks to make sure that the first responders know the situation, so everybody is ready for it. At least at home. But, we’re not always at home. So this should be statewide and we’re working to do that.”

Deann Johnson of Courtland and her daughter, Bailey who suffers from the disease were recently at the Capitol to testify in favor of the bill.

“Bailey got sick away from home and they needed treatment right away. There was actually an ambulance service there, they went to get help and the ambulance service said, we’re just not trained on this. We’re not ready. So they realized that, whoa, this is scary. They were able to get home and get to the hospital fast enough to get Bailey the help that she needed.”

Another hearing on the issue will be taken up Thursday.