Assembly Republican Press Release -
Legislation (A-3273) sponsored by Assembly Republicans Dave Russo, Scott Rumana, and Caroline Casagrande, allowing trained staff at youth camps to administer an epinephrine injection when a camper is having an anaphylactic reaction was released by the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee today.
“Allergic reactions are not uncommon and often occur unexpectedly,” said Russo. “The amount of time it takes to respond to such an attack is critical in saving a life. Trained camp counselors and employees need to act decisively and quickly in these situations to prevent a tragedy.”
Elementary, secondary schools and colleges already allow non-medical professionals who are properly trained to administer this drug when a medical professional is not physically present.
“This bill authorizes qualified people to exercise common sense and utilize their training,” said Rumana. “We need to trust those who are on site and prepared to handle this emergency because time is limited under these circumstances. A camper may encounter an allergic reaction and an instant response is necessary.”
Studies suggest that one in 13 children are affected by food allergies and susceptible to anaphylactic shock.
“Anaphylactic shock is unpredictable,” said Casagrande. “Camp settings are often in rural areas and removed from places where trained professionals could provide immediate treatment. Teaching camp counselors how to administer this life-saving drug is common sense.”