Libraries are a central source for resources and information for the general public. Increasingly libraries are the site of opioid overdoses, and libraries are looking for more ways to respond.
- Overdose Education & Naloxone Distribution (WA Department of Health)
- Training brochure on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose (StopOverdose.org)
- Coping with Overdose Fatalities: Tools for Public Health Workers (MA Department of Health; useful for all audiences)
Public Libraries and Opioids Webinar
created with King County Library System
WA Overdose Prevention and Response Video
- Opioid Crisis: Libraries, Resources, Context, and Data (WebJunction)
- ADAI Clearinghouse: Get free prevention and information materials (brochures, posters, etc.) related to drugs and alcohol that you can distribute in your library. From the University of Washington Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI).
- Opioid Epidemic Web Archive (National Library of Medicine): Collection of websites and other digital resources and documents (newspaper articles, blog posts, e.g.) related to opioids.
- Opioid Misuse and Addiction Treatment (MedlinePlus): Text and video resources about opioid use disorder and various treatment approaches. (Includes resources in Spanish.)
- LearnAboutTreatment.org (UW ADAI): Information about opioid and stimulant use disorder, effective treatments, and tools/resources to share with professionals and the public.
Find more in our “Resources for Library Staff About Opioids” handout (prepared for King County Library System staff in 2019).
- Washington Recovery Help Line: 24 hour referral and support. 1-866-789-1511
- Washington Syringe Service/Exchange Program Directory (WA DOH)
- King County Syringe Exchanges: Several locations offer syringe exchange, treatment referral, insurance assistance, and free naloxone.
- Secure Medicine Disposal in King County
- Downtown Emergency Service Center: Offers health (including substance use disorder treatment), housing, and shelter services
- Opioids and Heroin Books, Films/TV, and Music: List of suggested materials for anyone interested in learning more about opioid use and overdose. (StopOverdose.org; prepared for King County Library System staff in 2019).