A number of our members have been trained in the administration of intra-nasal NARCAN. Given by SCLS, this training is designed for non-traditional responders and meets New York State Department of Health requirements that include recognition of opioid overdose, administration of NARCAN, and steps to take until EMS arrives.
Our staff association fully supports these efforts which improve safety for both our staff and patrons.
Part of a growing movement, libraries across the country are training their staff to administer NARCAN:
When overdoses in libraries became a regular occurrence in New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill authorizing them to carry naloxone; libraries in Suffolk County and Middletown have since started.