NEW YORK (WENY) - A new law taking effect in New York Tuesday will allow bus drivers to administer EpiPens in emergency situations.
State lawmakers say the measure will help protect the lives of children with severe food or other allergies.
“The passing of this legislation will further benefit our children’s safety,” said Senator Terrence Murphy (R, Yorktown Heights). “If they find themselves in a life-threatening situation, a bus driver now has the authority to administer epinephrine. Having an EpiPen available and someone who is trained to use it can literally save lives.”
The bill, passed by the state Senate in June, allows bus drivers to administer an epinephrine auto-injector, like an EpiPen.
Prior law allows those employed by school districts and other educational institutions to administer the life-saving injection. However, those who work for agencies contracted out by a school district, such as transportation services, were previously not authorized.