ALBANY – A new bill would require DEC Forest Rangers to carry EpiPens in New York State.
The bi-partisan legislation would allow Environmental Conservation Police, Forest and Park Rangers the ability carry and administer EpiPens.
Currently Forest Rangers are trained to use them, however, Rangers typically do not carry EpiPens.
The new requirement could be life-saving, as the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, attributes at least 90 to 100 deaths per year result from being stung by an insect causing anaphylaxis.
This is not the first-time state lawmakers addresses increasing access to EpiPens. In 2019 lawmakers passed a measure improving affordability of the drug and worked to make the medication more readily available in public schools.