Using EpiPens in Schools

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email

West Virginia is considering emergency injections for schools to give students suffering a severe allergic reaction.

The plan by the Department of Education would put EpiPens in public schools and train teachers to use them.

Current state policy doesn't allow a student to receive an EpiPen injection without a prescription or prior diagnosis.

"If there's a situation where we could save a life, we'd want to have the ability to do that," says Wood County Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrick Law. "Certainly we have a lot of concern about the training that would be required and the circumstances and the guidance that would eventually come out about this."

Dr. Law says he's not sure how often a situation would arise that they would have this need.

He's concerned the training might take place and it could be years before a teacher ever had to provide this kind of help.

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