Library Staff Will Be Trained To Save Drug Overdose Victims

As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage the United States with a vicious tenacity that can only be described as the gnashing teeth of a junkie apocalypse, there is more demand for everyday people to be trained in administering life-saving medications to prevent accidental overdoses. It might sound a bit strange for a library to make injecting overdose antidotes part of thestaff’s job description, but that is exactly that kind of program the San Francisco Public Library is presently developing. The goal of the initiative, as crazy as it might sound, is to prevent any more drug addicts from being discovered dead on the property. In February, staff members found a deceased overdose victim in the library’s bathroom—the first fatal incident in the past decade, according to a report from Hoodline. “The idea pending right now is it would be voluntary,” said Michelle Jeffers, a spokesperson for the library. “Librarians and other staff could be trained to administer naloxone only if they...



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