Schools Stocking Up on EpiPens


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BRIDGEWATER, Va. (WHSV) -- Schools are embracing a new law aimed at saving students' lives.

The new EpiPen law requires schools to have them on hand in case a student has an allergic reaction.

Some of the newer devices are actually electronic and can tell you how to use the pen.

Emily Heatwole, a nurse at Turner Ashby High School, said the need for EpiPens is rare, but it is important for school staff to know what to do in case of an emergency.

"Reactions can occur very quickly, so you don't have a lot of time, especially if symptoms are severe. Someone is having trouble breathing, even feeling faint. Things can happen quickly," said Heatwole.

She said that is why it's important to be ready.

She also said all Rockingham County Schools are prepared to use EpiPens and if you think you child needs one, she recommends talking with your doctor.


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