EpiPen in public arenas

Posted on: Mon, 07/28/2003 - 12:58am
ElleMo's picture
Joined: 06/19/2003 - 09:00

In Sept., Hubby, DD, & I are going to see the Wiggles at Madison Square garden in NYC. I know they will be checking our bags. Anyone have any experiences bringing epi-pens into public areas with security? My first thought is to just shove it all the way to the bottom of her diaper bag because it might be just easier to sneak it then to go through red tape & find out the protocols for this.

Any advice or suggestions?

Allergic to Shellfish/ Mom to Jesse 9/01 who has PA

Posted on: Mon, 07/28/2003 - 6:22am
Kathryn's picture
Joined: 02/17/1999 - 09:00

We have a waist bag from Medic Alert that says Medic Alert on the front. It has several pockets and in one you could put the epi-pen and a letter from your allergist or alternately the copy of your child's Medic Alert card that spells out the allergy. I have been to several arenas, stadiums and have flown with this pack and documentation.

Posted on: Mon, 07/28/2003 - 6:48am
krasota's picture
Joined: 04/24/2000 - 09:00

I've never had a problem carrying my epi-pens anywhere. I go to concerts where people aren't even allowed to wear spikes or chains or have pocketknives (dangerous in the mosh pit) and my epi has never been questioned. I don't go in the mosh pit, of course.

Posted on: Mon, 07/28/2003 - 8:16am
Chicago's picture
Joined: 04/21/2001 - 09:00

They searched my fanny pack at Great America theme park last year and found the Epi, but just said "For bee stings?" and I said yes it was that type of medicine and they let us through.
If you are really worried, just stick a perscription or note from your doctor (like you would write for airline security - FAAN has one on their website) in with the Epi.
What is a Wiggles?????
[This message has been edited by Chicago (edited July 28, 2003).]
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Posted on: Mon, 07/28/2003 - 10:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

"Wiggles" is an Australian kids group. Wish I could take my little guy to see them. Ellemo, hope your family has a great time.
As for security, at Wonderland you now have to go through security gates and if you set off the alarms they check your stuff. I always pass my pouch through first because I know the keys in it set off the alarms, then I take it to security for them to look through. In Canada police and security have first aid training and they recognize the epi-pen, usually they just say "WOW, you're really allergic" because I carry two epi's for me and one for my son, and he carries his second.
I wouldn't recommend hiding it for two reasons:
1. In an emergency you don't want to be hunting.
2. If you are *hiding* something security will want to know why.
Is the prescription label still on the case?

Posted on: Tue, 07/29/2003 - 12:24am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

I have been through many security points at theme parks, airports, etc. with multiple epi-pens and have never been questioned about them.
We saw The Wiggles about 6 months ago and had a GREAT time! At that time I wasn't too familiar with the Wiggles and we still loved them. (My 2 year old and I went with a friend who had 2 extra tickets) Now we watch the Wigges all the time!
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

Posted on: Tue, 07/29/2003 - 12:45am
ajinnj's picture
Joined: 05/13/2003 - 09:00

I've been through security at various places, including concerts and airports and have never had a problem. Like someone else suggested, I carry a letter from my doc explaining that it is medically necessary for me to carry epipens with me at all times. I have never needed to show the letter but I have it just in case. I really wouldn't be worried though.

Posted on: Thu, 07/31/2003 - 1:35am
Mir's picture
Joined: 02/12/2001 - 09:00

When I refill my son's Epi scrip I always ask for an extra set of labels... then I stick the extra labels directly on the pens themselves (fold the sticker nearly in half on itself, leaving a small sticky "lip" to affix to the pen, then wrap the label around it). We've gotten through airline security, Disney, and several other locations this way.

Posted on: Fri, 08/01/2003 - 12:28pm
Shawn's picture
Joined: 09/07/1999 - 09:00

Regarding the labels - I always ask our pharmacy put the label on the protective tube - the standard-size label they use wraps around it perfectly. Saves having to stuff the boxes into our pack without covering any information on the pen itself.

Posted on: Sat, 08/02/2003 - 4:00am
helenmc's picture
Joined: 05/01/2002 - 09:00

The Wiggles are a former pop band - The Cockroaches - who I used to go and see when I was at uni in the late 1980's. They realised they could make a few (million) more $ by performing songs for 3 year olds!
They're a fun bunch of guys though.
Geoff (Helen's hubby)
PS Take some ear plugs to the concert - I'm sure that many toddlers in one place would give me a headache!

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