Tedisco Calls for New Bill so Police Can Carry EpiPens to Help Save Lives

Senator Tedisco’s legislation closes “dangerous loophole” in state law by adding 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 public safety legislation he has introduced 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.

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. 

Tedisco’s legislation, S.9153, would close this dangerous loophole and permit law enforcement officers to carry and administer EpiPens.

“When emergencies happen, seconds count. Our police officers are often the first on the scene when someone dials 911 due to a life-threatening allergic reaction, so it makes imminent sense to enable our highly-trained members of law enforcement the ability to carry EpiPens and help save lives,” said Senator Jim Tedisco. “I want to thank Sheriff Zurlo and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office for their support for closing this dangerous loophole. I hope we can get this very important public safety legislation passed when the legislature returns to Albany and prevent a tragedy from occurring.”

“Life threatening allergic reactions can occur at any time. For those who are prepared and carry an EpiPen, they have the ability to treat themselves in a time of need. There are however, children and adults in our communities who have allergies that they may not yet be aware of or for one reason or another do not have access to an EpiPen. For them, a bee sting or a food allergy may require immediate intervention to save their life.  Since equipping law enforcement officers with Narcan several years ago, countless lives have been saved from opioid overdoes. Allowing law enforcement officers to carry and administer EpiPens will further our ability to save lives through rapid intervention when it matters most. I am proud to support this legislation and thank Senator Tedisco for sponsoring and carrying this bill in the New York State Senate,” said Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo.