By MORGAN YOUNG
Every day at least one Shippensburg University student, on average, buys a dose of the emergency contraceptive Plan B from the school's vending machine.
"Somewhere between 350 and 400 (doses) are being sold" to the university's female population a year, according to Dr. Roger Serr, university vice president for student affairs. The female population was about 3,718 students last fall.
Located in a room inside the health center, the machine also holds condoms, cough drops, decongestant and pregnancy tests. It is not accessible to students after health center hours of operation. The health center is closed in the evenings, after 2 p.m. on Fridays and all weekend.
Serr said the machine was requested by the SU Student Association shortly after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lifted a restriction on the pill that limited its non-prescriptive sale to individuals older than 18 in 2009.
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