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PCSSD deploys EpiPen auto-injectors to all 36 schools
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PCSSD deploys EpiPen auto-injectors to all 36 schools

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (PCSSD) - The Pulaski County Special School District is proud to announce another first when it comes to the health and safety of its students and schools.

In addition to being the first to have automatic external defibrillators, it now has EpiPen injectors in each of its 36 schools. EpiPens are auto-injectors used for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) caused by allergens, exercise or unknown triggers and are used for people who are at increased risk for these reactions. 

PCSSD Facilitator of Health Services Cynthia Hines worked with Eddy Hord, M.D., who wrote the prescription that allowed PCSSD, and its more than 17,000 students, to qualify for the Mylan Specialty EpiPen4Schools program, so every school in PCSSD would have an emergency case of EpiPens. The program was developed to help improve access to epinephrine in the event a person experiences a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) in the school setting.

According to Hines, “PCSSD has more than 3,000 students with allergies, and of those only 185 have prescribed EpiPens. The new, donated EpiPens can be life-saving for undiagnosed students, staff and visitors who may experience an allergic reaction in any of our school buildings.”

The value of the 72 EpiPen packs is more than $80,000.

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