Public Libraries are Key Players Fighting the Opioid Crisis. Here’s What Other Organizations Can Learn From Them.
Beyond Books: How Libraries Serve Their Communities
Lessons Learned from Libraries Combating the Opioid Crisis
Identify and meet community needs.
Partner with social workers, health departments, and other experts who are better equipped to handle the problem.
Make naloxone and information about addiction treatment accessible.
Reduce the stigma around treating opioid overdoses and addiction.
Make naloxone training optional for staff, and structure policies around it.
Provide support, such as therapy or time off, and encourage self-care for staff members who engage in overdose reversals.
Continue with your organization’s central mission.
Legislation to Protect Librarians from Liability
Resources for Opioid Awareness
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: What Can You Do to Prevent Opioid Overdose Deaths?
- NaloxoFind Mobile App
- American Medical Association: How to Administer Naloxone (video)
- Get Naloxone Now: online resource to train people to respond effectively to an opioid overdose emergency
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: What Are Opioids?
- NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse: Information for Patients and Families
- Harm Reduction Coalition: Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Manual
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration: Useful Resources on Opioid Overdose Prevention
- Emergent Biosolutions Community Programs (including the Public Libraries Program)