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Tennessee among 27 States allowing Epinephrine stocked at Schools

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NASHVILLE, Tn. (AP)-- Tennessee is among only 27 states which require or allow epinephrine to be available in schools. The drug is used to treat anaphylactic shock, a result often times of allergies. 


The state enacted the law this year along with fifteen other states. Eleven states were already in the practice of carrying the medication.


Schools are able to stock the drug without a prescription for an individual person. Epinephrine usually comes in the form of a auto-injector, usually called an "EpiPen." When placed against the the thigh, the injector releases a spring activated needle that injects the drug.


Having the drug on hand allows for schools to administer it to kids in shock. According to Dr. Michael Pistiner -a pediatric allergist- "Epinephrine is the first line treatment for these severe reactions. Studies show that delays in treatment with epinephrine increase risk of death."  


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