Your Name and Title: Dr. Steve Albrecht

Library, School, or Organization Name: Dr. Steve Albrecht

Co-Presenter Name(s): n/a

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Colorado, USA

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): All Library employees.

Short Session Description (one line): Opiate Users In Your Library: A Community Crisis

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): As the opiod pill and heroin use crisis has swept across the US, libraries are now dealing with the fact that opiate addicts are using the stacks, restrooms, and building exteriors to use their drugs or leave their remnants behind. Overdoses in library restrooms are now a common reality. 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 do do with drug residue, needles, and related heroin-use paraphernalia left in the restrooms, book droops, and the stacks. This issue is both a public health crisis and a danger to library staffers and other patrons who come across erratic heroin users either in withdrawal or near death in their facilities. Dr. Steve Albrecht, a library security expert and the author of the ALA 2015 book, Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities, will present tols, resources, and responses to this difficult medical, ethical, and business impact issue.

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