Combatting the Opioid Epidemic: New York Libraries Save Lives

To combat the continuing rise in opioid related deaths in New York State, laws were recently amended to allow New York State’s public libraries to administer opioid antagonists (naloxone) in library facilities by partnering with a New York State Department of Health Registered Opioid Overdose Prevention Program operated by another organization.

As part of a coordinated statewide effort, the New York State Library, the State Education Department, the State Department of Health, the New York Library Association, the Public Library System Directors Organization, and the Harm Reduction Coalition collaborated to create Guidance for Implementing Opioid Overdose Prevention Measures in Public Libraries to help all New York State libraries implement their own opioid overdose prevention programs.

Opioid Overdose Prevention Measures in Public Libraries Survey

Target Audience: Public and Association Library Directors/Managers

Survey Link: Opioid Overdose Prevention Measures in Public Libraries Survey

Preview or print a copy of the survey questions (pdf icon PDF; 63k)

Survey Deadline: August 31, 2018

The results of this brief survey of library directors/managers are intended to help the State Library and its partner organizations:

  • assess the status of opioid overdose prevention measures in libraries;
  • identify additional tools, resources and guidance needed; and
  • identify programs, services, best practices and other strategies that New York’s libraries are employing to assist communities in fighting the opioid overdose epidemic.

Survey results will be shared with the library community.

Thank you for taking this important survey.

If you have any questions about this survey or Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs in public or association libraries, please contact Frank Rees, Library Development Specialist I, New York State Library at or 518-474-1565.

Program Materials

Please note: New formulations of Naloxone have become available since these program materials were produced. The materials remain in draft form while the new information is being aligned with these materials.

Please follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer for Naloxone administration in public libraries.

Additional Information and Resources

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Last Updated: July 12, 2018