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Long Island Mom Fights To Get EpiPens In All Schools

EpiPen (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

EpiPen (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

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EAST ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - A nearly tragic incident has prompted one Long Island mother’s crusade, WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported.

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Sue Kavanaugh’s 6-year-old son Spencer has a number of food allergies. In November, the little boy had a reaction at school and he went into anaphylactic shock.

Thankfully, his mother was able to get to the school and inject him with an EpiPen, or epinephrine autoinjector.

Now, this mother of two wants EpiPens in all school districts across the country.

“Because time is of the essence in any anaphylaxis attack,” she told Hall. “If they don’t get medication right away, they could die.”

She said putting the devices in schools is a no-brainer because even if a nurse injects someone who doesn’t actually need it, the person would not be harmed.

She said she is very happy that her district – East Islip – has agreed to put EpiPens in all of its schools.

There is a bill that was introduced in Albany to put EpiPens in all schools that does have bipartisan support, Hall reported. But it is still in committee.

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