EpiPen Plan Rejected By Windsor City Council

The answer is 'no' from the City of Windsor.

Council has rejected a call for a one year pilot project that would see epinephrine injections available at the Forest Glade Community Centre.

Training and safety risks were cited as reasons for the rejection.

The hand-held devices are used for emergency treatment for those suffering from a severe allergic reaction.

Ward 4's Chris Holt was one of seven councillors who voted against the project, saying the report to council had a very cautionary tone to it. "Highlighted numerous times throughout the report are significant liability risks, significant risks under the proposed pilot program, corporation significant level of risk and potential liability. That sets up obviously a lot of red flags."

Local physician Dr. Paul Bradford voiced concern about the lack of medical oversight. "It would be great to have the EpiPen everywhere and give it, and certainly there's that opportunity with first aid and it's a great opportunity for everyone to take first aid."

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Dr. Paul Bradford reacts to the city's EPI-Pen decision (Photo by AM800's Rob Hindi)

Councillor Bill Marra says he understands there are risks associated with the program but felt it was important to vote in favour of it. "I think the greatest risk is to do nothing at all and a pilot project will allow us to look at some best practices to understand perhaps what can be done in a longer term on a go forward basis."

The cost of the pilot project was listed at just under $2500.

Last July, LaSalle council voted against placing EpiPens at town owned buildings.

Council believed the financial risks and liabilities outweigh the possibility of needing them on site or being used by untrained staff.