Libraries and the Opioid Crisis

What Are Opioids?

Training Opportunities

WebJunction hosted a webinar titled “Community Health Challenges: Training, Language and Programming for Libraries” on December 17, 2019.  In the past, WebJunction has offered other webinars which are available as recordings:

Visit the New Jersey State Library’s Continuing Education page for links to other upcoming training and events to learn more.

The State of New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services maintains a Community Naloxone Training Schedule.

Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Division of Addiction Psychiatry offers regular training and free naloxone nasal spray kits at the following locations:

310 Main Street 1st Floor Suite #6 Toms River, NJ 08753First Monday of every month (starting August 2019)1:30pm
Integrity House Academy Building 1091-1093 Broad Street Newark, NJ 07102Last Monday of every month12:30pm
Camden area (for local registration, email Patty DiRenzo at Tuesday of every month12:30pm
George St. New Brunswick locationFirst Friday of every month12:30pm

To register, please call or email:

Trish Dooley Budsock, MA, LPC, CTTS
Phone: 732-235-3361

OCLC Research

Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis in Collaboration with Their Communities: An Introduction By Michele Coleman and Lynn Silipigni Connaway
The nation is experiencing an opioid epidemic. As communities across the country feel the epidemic’s impact, public health and human service organizations are implementing responses that include healthcare, education, law enforcement and the judicial system, emergency services, drug and addiction counseling, and community services. Public libraries around the country are choosing to be part of this response.

With funding from a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, OCLC and the Public Library Association will identify, synthesize, and share knowledge and resources that will help public libraries and their community partners develop effective strategies and community-driven coalitions that work together to address the opioid epidemic in America. This project is called, “Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities.” This article is the first of two about the project and it focuses on the issues and preliminary themes surfacing in interviews with library staff and the partners. A second article will focus on the data analysis and overall findings

In November 2019, OCLC released publications addressing how libraries are responding to the opioid crisis.  The summary report and case studies are available through WebJunction.

WebJunction: Social Library, Community Conversations and the Opioid Crisis

Facebook: Libraries and the Opioid Crisis

New Jersey Opioid Statistics


NARCAN® Nasal Spray 4mg Instructions for Use from Adapt on Vimeo.

Addiction Services

If you have questions or suggestions for information to include in this guide, email Andrea Levandowski.