NYS bill letting rangers carry EpiPens heads to governor next

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Now’s the time of year when many New Yorkers and tourists will venture into the great outdoors, including the state’s parks. But for some, there can be a real risk if they develop a severe allergic reaction in a remote area and find themselves without a lifesaving EpiPen.

“They’re going to be out in these beautiful areas, and for the most part, they’re going to be having a great time, but those bees, those spiders, will be stinging, will be biting, and there’ll be some mistakes made with the food,” said State Sen. Jim Tedisco.

To be more prepared for these situations, the state legislature has passed a bipartisan bill that will allow forest and park rangers and environmental conservation police to carry and use EpiPens. 

Assembly Sponsor Angelo Santabarbara says, “By expanding access to this essential medication, our environmental officers and park rangers can be prepared to provide this lifesaving intervention.”

State Senator Robert Jackson says the issue is personal to his family.

“When I go out with my grandson, I carry his backpack, and in that backpack is an EpiPen because one thing I know is you never know,” he said.

The bill now heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature.

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