EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWV Considers Emergency Injections For Schools
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Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Oct. 16, 2013 7:43 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 16, 2013 1:34 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
West Virginia education officials are considering allowing teachers to give emergency injections to any student who has a severe allergic reaction.
A policy proposed by the Department of Education would put epinephrine auto-injectors called EpiPens in public schools. Teachers would be trained to administer the EpiPens.
The state's existing policy doesn't allow a student to receive an EpiPen injection if he or she doesn't have a prescription or prior diagnosis.
Registered nurse Becky King oversees the department's health programs. She tells the Charleston Gazette that school nurses have been pushing for the EpiPens for years.
Mylan Laboratories would sponsor the EpiPen program, which would be voluntary. Each county school system would choose whether to participate.
Public comment will be accepted on the proposal until Nov. 9.
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