Through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, OCLC and the Public Library Association have conducted research into how public libraries are supporting their communities through the opioid crisis, and how libraries are partnering with organizations to meet local needs.
This publication is the culminating output for this project and provides five categories of action items to generate ideas and options for how public libraries can engage in opioid response activities. The research also has resulted in a summary report and eight research-based case studies highlighting varying opioid response efforts across the US.
This guide provides options, ideas, and resources to support libraries as they develop response strategies, and encourages libraries to:
- Evaluate local health data
- Seek community partners
- Educate staff and community members on the issue
- Consider the need for staff care
- Offer programs and services that support local needs.