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States enact laws to stock epinephrine at schools

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IOnly 27 states require or allow epinephrine, a drug used to treat anaphylactic shock, to be available in schools.

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Tyler Edwards, of Hendersonville, Tenn., wears a medical necklace that shows some of the things to which he is allergic. Tyler carries an epinephrine auto-injector with him and provided testimony to legislators in an effort to allow epinephrine, a drug used to treat anaphylactic shock, to be available in schools.

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The most common form of the medication epinephrine is packaged inside a device called an auto injector. The tip of the device is placed firmly against the thigh, which releases a short, spring activated needle that injects the epinephrine.

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When a third-grade student who had been stung by a wasp developed welts on his neck and had trouble breathing, school nurse Amanda Williams had the necessary dose of epinephrine to counter the allergic reaction. A law Tennessee enacted this year makes it easier for schools to stock the life-saving drug. Fifteen other states enacted similar laws in 2013, joining 11 others that already had them, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
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    • IOnly 27 states require or allow epinephrine, a drug used to treat anaphylactic shock, to be available in schools.
    • Tyler Edwards, of Hendersonville, Tenn., wears a medical necklace that shows some of the things to which he is allergic. Tyler carries an epinephrine auto-injector with him and provided testimony to legislators in an effort to allow epinephrine, a drug used to treat anaphylactic shock, to be available in schools.
    • The most common form of the medication epinephrine is packaged inside a device called an auto injector. The tip of the device is placed firmly against the thigh, which releases a short, spring activated needle that injects the epinephrine.
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