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EpiPen Legislation Save Two Lives in Washoe County Schools

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Andrue Casado says he feels lucky to be alive. During a class at Shaw Middle School earlier this month, he had a sudden and sever reaction to something he ate.

"I've eaten all kinds of foods," he says. "And this was something I'd never felt before and when it started it was like 'whoa!'" 

He quickly made his way to the nurses office and she recognized the symptoms and knew exactly what to do. She administered an EpiPen and the reaction was reversed.

"We are seeing more and more severe reactions to allergies," Robin Reinders says. "We have strict policies about not having nuts on campus but you just never know what will set a reaction off."

Reinders is the nurse at Shaw Middle School and she has experienced the reaction herself so she knows just how important it is to have the drugs on campus.

So does the state legislature. In 2013 they passed a law requiring schools statewide to stock them. And the company that makes them donated enough for every school in the state to have a set of two on hand.

A similar incident happened at Damonte Ranch High School just two days later when 9th grader had an allergic reaction. A faculty member there recognized the problem, administered the shot and waited for an ambulance to arrive.

State Senator Debbie Smith ushered that legislation through the session in 2013.

"It's a happy day," she said today. "Without the pens we could have seen a very different outcome. To know that a piece of legislation really is saving lives is a very good thing.

Written by Erin Breen  

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