Windsor Considering EpiPen PilotJuly 20, 2016 6:04am
The City of Windsor is looking at potentially rolling out an EpiPen pilot project next year.
Council has asked administration to come back with a plan that will see EpiPens available at city community centres and the aquatic centre in 2017.
Ward 1 Councillor Fred Francis thinks the city needs to take baby steps first before a mass roll out of the epinephrine injection pens used for the emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions.
“A pilot project is usually something that allows us to learn … it’s a balanced approach,” says Francis. “It’s kind of one of those things where you probably have to walk before you can run, so if you’re thinking of parks, every outdoor facility [where EpiPens would be made available] — you know the potential could really be huge.”
He thinks having EpiPens stationed throughout the city is a good idea.
“Being able to have that extra added security element at a community centre or at a municipal facility I think will go a long way to making a lot of folks feel more comfortable,” says Francis.
Councillors in LaSalle recently nixed the idea of making EpiPens available across the town due to training and liability concerns.
— with files from Maureen Revait