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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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