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Coweta Cty, GA: Students now allowed to carry emergency meds: asthma inhalers, EpiPens...

Mar 15, 2018, Newnan (GA) Times—Herald: Policy allows students to carry emergency medication http://times-herald.com/news/2018/03/policy-allows-students-to-carry-emergency-medication Under Coweta County Board of Education policy, students are allowed to carry and administer their own asthma inhalers, auto-injectable epinephrine and diabetic supplies, as long as the school has written permission from a parent and a doctor’s statement. … All other prescription and over-the-counter medications have to be administered according to guidelines set by the principal of each school, according to the policy. Amanda Hyunh, 12, died March 8 of anaphylactic shock from a peanut allergy. A sixth-grader at Lee Middle School, Hyunh suffered a fatal allergic reaction after eating a snack she had brought from home. She became ill on a school bus on her way home March 6 and was treated at East Coweta High School before being transported to the hospital, where she later died. Hyunh’s death prompted questions about school policy regarding students’ ability to self-carry EpiPens and other emergency medication…. The school system also encourages parents or guardians to provide extra medication and supplies to keep at school “in the event a student is unable to self-administer or fails to bring the medication or equipment to school,” the policy states. …