After being inspired to clean out some spaces in my house that haven’t received much attention recently, I amazingly stumbled upon a large stash of expired EpiPens. I was holding on to them with the thought that they might be useful in some way or in need of special disposal, but instead they simply sat in the back of a closet.
Suddenly I had an epiphany (an EpiPhany if you will). Instead of throwing them out, I brought the EpiPens into our school nurse to help train other teachers, assistants, interns and substitutes on the administration of an EpiPen. More than 15% of food allergic children experience a food allergy reaction while at school. Given that statistic, emergency training with real EpiPens is only to everyone’s benefit (not least of which is my own son).
So, consider donating your expired EpiPens to your local school, preschool, camp or daycare facility and spread the word to any allergic adults you may know. Our nurse was excited to use our old EpiPens and to store our old trainers for faculty food allergy training and I felt great putting them all to good use.