An ongoing study based on eight public libraries around the USA, titled “Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with their Communities” highlights how public librarians are saving lives. For example, some libraries are stocking naloxone and providing training in how to administer it to reverse an opioid overdose. Some are leading discussions about opioid misuse and mental health; and raising awareness about the danger of unused medications. Many work to reduce the stigma of mental illness and addiction, helping to connect patrons to social services, and provide life-skills classes.

Speaking with Ron Charles at the Washington Post, Kendra Morgan, the project director for the study, says, “I cannot speak highly enough of all of these individuals who are really looking at trying to meet a local need. That’s the short story: They see a need in their community, and they are asking how they can help.”