Opiate Users in Your Library: From Behavior Management to Overdoses

Friday, March 8, 2019 -
9:30am to 10:30am

As the opiod epidemic has swept across the U.S., libraries have been forced to deal with a multitude of unprecedented issues. Some libraries have trained their employees to administer Narcan, an opiod antagonist sprayed into the nose of a suspected overdose patient. Other libraries struggle with what to do with drug residue, needles, and related heroin-use paraphernalia left in restrooms, book drops, and even the library stacks. This issue is both a public health crisis and a danger to library staffers and other patrons who come across heroin users whom might be experiencing withdrawal symptoms or even near-death in their facilities.

This sixty-minute webinar will help attendees:

-Recognize the tremendous increase in opiate overdose problems in this country and why libraries are not immune to the issue.

-Recognize opiate use abuse in patrons - from a legal and medical perspective

-Know the differences between alcohol use, drug use, poly-drug use, and opiate drug use and withdrawal symptoms in patrons.

-How to know when opiate use by patrons is a police issue versus a paramedics response.

-Discuss when and if Narcan use by library staff on opiate overdoses patrons may be a necessity.

-Understand the safety hazards related to opiate users, their drugs, and drug paraphernalia, including needles.

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