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W.Va. Department of Ed proposes allowing student emergency injections for allergic reactions
Reported by: Associated Press
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 7:07 AM EDT
West Virginia education officials are considering allowing teachers to give emergency injections to any student who has a severe allergic reaction.
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.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com