New EpiPen Program In Local Schools

RENO, NV - Caroline Moassessi shows us her childrens' EpiPens.

Her son Cyrus and daughter Leila both have food allergies that could kill them.

As a mom she says she makes her kids carry the pens to school should they ever have an allergic reaction.

“I think about all these other kids who may not have their Epinephrine there or they are experiencing this first Anaphylactic reaction and studies tell us 25% of first reactions occur at school and so it was a no-brainer,” says Caroline.

She and her daughter lobbied Nevada's legislature to get EpiPens in all Nevada public schools.

She even has a picture of Leila with Governor Sandoval, who signed the bill into law earlier this year.

Three years ago, we showed Washoe County School bus drivers learning how to administer an EpiPen to students on the bus who had their own devices.

This new directive goes much farther, requiring pens on campus with at least one person on that campus undergoing training on how to use it.

”A child, the reaction can go slow or fast you never know. So yes it allows more time for the child to be taken care of,” says Jennifer Crane, Washoe County School District's Clinical Services Director.

Both Caroline and the district want to encourage parents who have children diagnosed with food allergies to have the children carry two pens with them in case the episode is severe.

The two pens will also allow the schools to keep their pens in stock for those children who experience their first food allergy episode at school.

Washoe County School District was able to take advantage of a grant program where the manufacturer of EpiPen donated the devices to schools.

Each pen costs $300.00.

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