Brooklyn, NY: New law to protect kids with allergies; bus drivers can use EpiPens

Dec 24, 2017, Brooklyn (NY) Eagle: Golden announces new law that lets bus drivers administer EpiPens State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) announced that a new state law that took effect on Tuesday will help protect the lives of children with severe food or other allergies. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown Heights) and passed by the Senate in June, allows bus drivers to administer an epinephrine auto-injector, such as an EpiPen, in emergency circumstances. … According to a statement released by Golden, food and other allergies, such as bee stings, present an ever-increasing danger to children across the U.S. … While prior law allows those employed by school districts and other educational institutions to administer the life-saving injection, those who work for agencies contracted out by a school district, such as transportation services, were not authorized. … Golden told the Brooklyn Eagle, "We must work to protect our children to the best degree possible, and this puts another measure in place to do just that. We now have our children covered at all aspects of the school day."