Forest and park rangers in NY can now carry and administer epipens

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Forest and park rangers across New York will now be able to carry and administer epipens.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Thursday signed it into law.

Epinephrine is commonly used to treat anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction that occurs in about one in 50 Americans.

Anaphylaxis can happen to people with allergies to bee stings or insect bites, as well as food allergies.

The governor said many parks are far away from medical facilities, so having epinephrine available to people who need it could be the difference between life and death.