Trained teachers can use EpiPens on students

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York has created new rules allowing trained teachers to administer epinephrine injections to students facing medical emergencies.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed into law a measure expanded access to devices known as EpiPens commonly used to treat emergency asthma and allergy attacks.

The regulations will allow schools to keep EpiPens on hand and authorize teachers trained in their use to administer them to students even if the student doesn’t have a prescription.

Cuomo also signed legislation that will allow students with asthma, allergies, diabetes or other conditions to carry and administer inhalers, insulin injections or other medications while at school.

Cuomo said the measures will make it easier for students in medical distress to get the medication they need.

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