Why All Restaurants Should Have An Epipen On Premises.
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My proposal is to try and legislate that all restaurants be required to have an Epipen on the premises, and here is why:
Researchers estimate that approximately 15 million Americans are afflicted with food allergies. This means that as of now, roughly 1 in every 13 children (under 18 years old) will have a food allergy. While the severity of allergies may range, anaphylaxis reactions without the prompt treatment of epinephrine can result in death. It is estimated that every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency department. This results in more than 200,000 emergency department visits per year and 300,000 ambulatory-care visits a year among children under the age of 18. (https://www.foodallergy.org/facts-and-stats)
As someone who has my own allergies (Shellfish and Tree Nut), I can personally attest for the anxiety that eating causes every day. I can also attest for the fear of not having my epipen on me when I do eat causes. I have been hospitalized more times than I can count as a result of my own personal allergies. However, I do believe in personal responsibility in carrying your own epipen if you do have allergies. That's why this petition is not for me:
I would like you to imagine a scenario where potentially you or your loved one (Child, brother, parent, etc...) are out at a restaurant to eat without any known allergy. Now imagine that you/they have an anaphylaxis reaction to something you/they may or may not have ever eaten before. You/they do not have an epipen because you were unaware of your allergies. What if that ambulance that was supposed to save your/their life does not arrive in time and you or your loved one dies because you/they had a food allergy and did not know about. For this reason, I believe it should be mandated that all restaurants carry an epipen in their first aid kits and receive training on how to use them in the event of an attack.
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