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NC schools now required to keep EpiPens

By Averi Harper
Published On: Aug 08 2014 05:30:29 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 08 2014 06:51:00 PM CDT
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

Every school in North Carolina will be required to keep potentially lifesaving medical equipment in stock.

Schools throughout the state will have to keep two epinepherine autoinjectors -- popularly known as EpiPens.

It could help treat schoolchildren with food allergies like fourth-grader Stephen Anderson.

"When I eat peanuts, I get puffy. My legs puff up and my cheeks puff up and my eyes get red and stuff like that," said Stephen.

It's all a part of Gov. Pat McCrory's new budget. It requires that every school in the state keeps two EpiPens in stock. At least one staff member must be trained on how to administer them.

Doctors like William Wooten at ECU support the plan.

"I think it's a very good move to have these medications available. This is a medication to treat anaphylaxis which is a life threatening emergency," Dr. Wooten said.