The New York Times is simply a ridiculous publication. And has been for decades. It is hopelessly, blindly, willfully Leftist.
EpiPens are a decades-old way of delivering epinephrine, a hormone that counters the potentially fatal effects of severe allergic reactions to things such as bee stings and peanuts. To children subject to such allergic reaction, having an EpiPen available can be a matter of life and death.