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Survey Outlines Epinephrine Use in Virginia Schools

By: AP
By: AP

January 31, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials say more than 600 doses of epinephrine were administered last school year to treat students for severe allergic reactions.

The state departments of health and education surveyed school divisions on use of epinephrine auto-injectors such as Epi-Pens during the 2012-2013 school year.

Most school divisions responded to the voluntary report but officials say the report provides a snapshot of epinephrine use in Virginia schools.

Epinephrine, or adrenaline, is used to counter the effects of a life-threatening allergic reaction.

A 2012 law required each school carry epinephrine auto-injectors and adopt policies on their use. It also required training for school nurses and other school employees.

Sen. Donald McEachin introduced the bill shortly after 7-year-old Ammaria Johnson, a Chesterfield County first-grader, died in 2012 from an allergic reaction to peanuts.

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