EpiPens trial in Hamilton, Ontario restaurants
Ask any person who has an allergy resulting in anaphalactic shock, and potential death, and they will tell you that an EpiPen is their BFF.
EpiPens contain emergency doses of epinephrine, which is used to treat severe allergic reactions not only to food, but also for people who experience a severe allergic reaction resulting in anaphalactic shock from other factors such as insect bites/stings.
Yesterday, Hamilton, Ontario became the first Canadian city to formalise a trial to put EpiPens (also known as auto-injectors) in restaurants in the city.
Initially there will be a 12 month trial, starting March 2014, in selected eateries. If, at the end of the trial the results are deemed successful, then the intention is to expand it to every eating establishment in Hamilton.