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Tedisco: New Bi-Partisan Support Builds to Add Police to List of People Who Can Carry EpiPens to Help Save Lives

Bi-partisan momentum for Senator Tedisco’s efforts to add law enforcement, who often are first to respond to emergencies, to long list of professionals who can treat people with severe, life-threatening allergic reactions

Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) today announced new bi-partisan support for his public safety legislation and efforts to save lives by enabling police officers and members of law enforcement to carry EpiPens to treat people with severe allergic reactions in an emergency.

Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D,WF-Manhattan) has agreed to introduce companion legislation in the state Assembly to Senator Tedisco’s bill, S.9153, which would permit law enforcement officers to carry and administer EpiPens.

Meanwhile, Tedisco commends the bi-partisan support he has received for his initiative with the letter Assemblymembers John McDonald (D-Cohoes), Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) and Mary Beth Walsh (R-Ballston) have sent to New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker to request that his legislation be implemented by the state administratively. Senator Tedisco has joined this bi-partisan effort by also requesting executive action on that front now rather than waiting until the legislature is expected to reconvene for regular session in January (see attached).

Epinephrine injectors, also known as “EpiPens,” are used to reverse the effects of severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis from bee stings, drug reactions, food allergies or exercise-induced shock.

The list of authorized individuals under New York State law who can administer an EpiPen includes EMTs, children’s overnight camp and summer day camp employees, staff at public and private schools, as well as employees who work at sports and entertainment venues, amusement parks, restaurants, youth organizations and sports leagues, daycare facilities and retail establishments.  Law enforcement, who are often the first emergency responders on the scene, are currently not allowed under the law to administer EpiPens.

“I’m delighted to receive support for and join with my colleagues in a bi-partisan, non-partisan way to help save lives by enabling our police officers, who are often the first on the scene during an emergency, to carry EpiPens so they can act quickly when someone has a life-threatening allergic reaction. I want to thank Assembly members Rosenthal, McDonald, Woerner and Walsh for seeing the need to add our law enforcement community to the sizable list of those who are permitted to carry EpiPens,” said Senator Tedisco. “This is exactly how government should function, elected officials working together across party lines to help solve the problems of our constituents with common sense ideas that can make a real difference in people’s lives.”

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