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There are only 4 states that require that schools have epi-pens available ....Kansas is not one of them. This week a 13year-old football player from Texas died when he was stung by fire ants on a football field and had an allergic reaction. He had no known history of allergies. To be effective, the EpiPen has to be readily available, so coaches, teachers and administrators should have them close by. According to doctors, the Epi-pen dispenses epinephrine, which does its job and quickly leaves the body, thus there is no down side in administering it.