Librarians Prepare to Respond to an Overdose


Librarians prepare for possible patrons’ overdoing.


You might not have ever thought about this but, where do a significant number of drug addicts go during the day to get out of the heat? They go to the library.

That’s why some librarians want to be prepared in case there is an overdose.

Bernadette Leroy , a Utah librarian said, “I love this library. A lot of different people from different countries that I love to come in. And that are learning about citizenship.”

She sees parents with kdis, seniors and job hunters and has started to see more of the community drug problem coming through the doors too. “One of my jobs is to keep this a safe and welcoming environment for everybody.”

So, when patrons nod off, glassy eyed, apparently on drugs, she says,¬† “I’ve had to gently wake them up and let them know that that’s not acceptable behavior.”

When the county library system decided ot put naloxome in the first aid kit.

“It was something that I had been asking for, for quite some time actually.”

Leroy and 50 other librarians system wide recently video-trained to give  Narcan nasal spray.

“I’m really glad that we have it because if I’m able to be in a position where I can save somebody’s life, I would be more than happy to do that.”

Leroy is already trained in first aid and certified in CPR , “And it’s a reality.”

No one has ever OD’D in her library , but, she’s worried, “So the possibility was looming that at some point this is gonna happen and I would rather feel that I am going to be able to save a life and help someone.”

She says it’s easy to use, “These are nasal sprays.”

And it’s not as tricky as giving a shot, “Put this in the person’s nose and watch for signs of revival.
And call 911, “It makes me feel relieved and glad that I have it on hand so that nobody dies on my watch.”





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