Maybe a doctor or pharmacist can explain the difference between an epi pen and Benedryl. I can't but I know there is a difference. There is also a big difference between administering a drug to a child vs. an adult. And I don't know the details on that either. I am pretty sure an epi pen is a prescription drug which means it is meant for an individual prescribed by a medical doctor that knows the history of the patient. Making a life or death decision is not my strong suit. The only youngsters that have been near my hives are my nephews and their parents were present. At that time the hives were small and gentile as a lamb. I do splits now with large hives creating queenless situations. I have been tagged for no reason mowing the lawn (single occurrence). So I know honeybees can be unpredictable. If you want to take on the responsibility of having unrelated youngsters near your hives it is your prerogative. It is not something I would enjoy.
Are you saying you would watch a person die, waiting for help to arrive when you have the know how to have a chance to save them. I could not. I would have to try. Epi pens are life saving devices, not normal medication. Benedryl just gives you more time, keeps your airway from closing up until help arrives.