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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- When it comes to allergic reactions, every second counts. That's why having the proper medication is so important.

Kathey Haynie knows all too well how quickly an allergic reaction can take over the body.

"What happens is they start swelling, their lips start swelling, their tongues start swelling."

Haynie has been a school nurse for 15 years and said she's now a part of a task force to put EpiPens on every Arkansas school campus.

"It's very important that we administer that Epi as soon as we can."

As the device's name suggests, it is the size of a thick Sharpie marker and contains a dose of epinephrine, Haynie said, which is injected into the thigh.

"It gets into the blood stream so fast because it's an injectable. It dilates everything."

It pumps adrenaline to the heart, allowing a student to regain their airway.

Haynie said she sees at least one allergic reaction a week in the nurse's office. "Having stock EpiPens at the schools like the law allows us to have then we have tools that we need to be able to save lives."

Last year, Arkansas legislators passed a law allowing EpiPens to be administered at school. Haynie said now it's up to the districts to make sure their school is equipped with this life-saving device.

"Schools need to be equipped with EpiPens." Haynie said her school already has the injectable device.

Just 2 weeks into the school year, she has already had to use them on three separate students.


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