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Push to let police carry EpiPens in New York

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New York State Police troopers, county sheriffs, and local police all have an abundance of tools that help them save lives every day.

A first aid kit, Narcan, and a defibrillator are all things law enforcement are trained to use and use almost on a daily basis. But one thing that they can’t carry?

“They don’t have any EpiPens,” Sen. Jim Tedisco (R-Schenectady) said.

An EpiPen is a relatively easy to use injector that reverses the effects of severe allergic reactions. You must be trained to use one and there is a list of people who are allowed under state law to administer an EpiPen such as EMT’s, children camp employees, and even bus drivers. So far, not cops. 

“If they get there first on the scene and they can bring someone back from an overdose, certainly allergies are a big part of the summer months.”

Senator Tedisco says he was alerted of this loophole by local law enforcement, which led him to draft a bill giving cops the right to carry EpiPens, but not forcing them to. 

“I want to leave it up to them right now because they have a lot of duties and a lot of responsibilities. I think if they want to take up this responsibility, it’s going to help public safety.”

Tedisco’s bill would allow for the decision to ultimately be left up to local governments, which means the cost would most likely fall on local cities, rather than at the state level. This may also affect State Police. 

NYSP did not want to comment on camera about pending legislation, but released the following statement:

“New York State Police members do not currently carry EpiPens, and there are no immediate plans to implement carrying them.”

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