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NY park and forest rangers can now carry epinephrine injectors

Jul 01, 2021 5:45 am

Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on June 29, signed a bill into law that allows state park rangers and forest rangers to option of carrying epinephrine injectors to counteract allergic reactions. The legislation comes as more people are expected to head to parks and preserves this summer in New York as pandemic restrictions are eased. With increased foot traffic comes the potential for people to suffer from allergic reactions, often in areas where immediate medical help is not available nearby. The new law will allow nearly 700 park rangers, park police and forest rangers who patrol more than 18 million acres of state land to carry the injectors, commonly referred to as EpiPens. There was bipartisan support for the measure in the state Legislature. Previously, EMTs, overnight and summer day camp workers, public and private school staff and workers at sports and entertainment venues could carry the injectors. Law enforcement and firefighters were added to the law in 2019. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.