Amherst Co., VA – All public schools in Virginia are now required to have two EpiPens on hand in case a student goes into anaphylactic shock.
They will be in the nurse's station at each school. Before, schools were only required to have EpiPens on hand for students that were prescribed them.
Amherst County is working this new law into its schools.
"A true anaphylaxys could happen very quickly. The bad results from a reaction can be very quick. So, in the first couple minutes if you can get that epi pen administered, the chances of coming out of that without ill effects is much higher," said Tracy Casto, a nurse
Staff in Amherst County schools will also be trained to recognize signs of analphylactic shock. They're holding 15 minute training sessions at all public schools.