Legislation passed the New York State Senate Monday that would allow law enforcement and firefighters to carry EpiPens to help save lives.
Under current law, they’re not allowed to carry or administer EpiPens.
“There are a certain number of individuals who are identified in the law, which says you can carry an EpiPen and they weren't on the list unfortunately,” said Senator Jim Tedisco (R).
Tedisco co-sponsored the bill that will allow law enforcement officers outside of New York City to carry and administer EpiPens. As well as firefighters, who weren’t included in the original bill but Tedisco said they asked to be added.
EpiPens are used to reverse the effects of a severe allergic reaction. Right now, the list that allows people to carry them includes EMT’s and people who work with children. Tedisco said he heard from many agencies in his district who said they would want their officers to carry them.