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The Erie County Legislature Unanimously Passed a Resolution Introduced by Peter J. Savage III Supporting the Emergency Allergy Treatment Act


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Buffalo, NY- The Erie County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Peter J. Savage III (D- Buffalo & Tonawanda) supporting the Emergency Allergy Treatment Act.

 “With one in thirteen children now suffering from food allergies, it is critical that we take every precaution to ensure that epinephrine is easily and readily available in public places,” stated Legislator Savage.

 The Allergy Advocacy Association states that 8% of school-age children in the United States, potentially as many as two in every classroom, may suffer from a food allergy. The Emergency Allergy Treatment Act would authorize the certification of persons to administer lifesaving treatment to individuals who have severe allergic reactions when a physician is not available; allows, but does not require, an authorized entity to acquire and stock a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors with a prescription. Authorized entity’s includes restaurants, recreational camps, youth sports leagues, entertainment venues, sports arenas and theme parks and resorts.

Legislator Savage continued “This law would allow restaurants and other public places to stock and administer epinephrine injectors, if they choose to, without the fear of liability so that people can get the help they need.”

Previously, in 2014, the Erie County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution by Legislator Savage calling for a change to State Law to allow students to carry and use epinephrine injectors and medical devices in schools which was passed last spring and signed into law last fall. Certified copies of today’s resolution will be sent to the Governor and the New York State Legislature for consideration.