In 2015, more Americans died from drug overdose than from car accidents and gun homicides combined, and more than six out of 10 of those overdoses involved an opioid. Preliminary data for 2016 suggests that drug overdose deaths for that year rose by about 19%—the largest annual increase the United States has ever seen. (American Libraries, June 2017)

In this interactive and informative program, Dr. Steve Albrecht will discuss the issues of dealing with opiate users in the library including safety, health, and security concerns.

By the end of the program, attendees will:
•Recognize the tremendous increase in opiate overdose problems in this country and why libraries are not immune to the issue.
•How to recognize opiate use abuse in patrons – from a legal and medical perspective.
•Know the differences between alcohol use, drug use, poly-drug use, and opiate drug use and withdrawal symptoms in patrons.
•Know when opiate use by patrons is a police issue versus a paramedic’s response.
•Discuss when and if Narcan use by library staff on opiate overdoes patrons may be a necessity.
•Deal with the safety hazards related to opiate users, their drugs, and drug paraphernalia, including needles.

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Original broadcast June 7, 2018

Dr. Steve Albrecht – Biography
Dr. Steve Albrecht is one of the leading experts in the country on library security. His 2015 book, Library Security, was published by the ALA. He teaches workshops around the US to help library leaders and staff to deal with challenging and problematic patrons. He holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration, an MA in Security Management, a BS in Psychology, and an BA in English. He worked for the San Diego Police Department for 15 years and has written 18 books on police, security, and business subjects. He has been a member of the California Narcotics Officers Association for nearly 20 years.