The number of fatal overdoses due to opiate use (heroin, fentanyl, pain pills) continues to surge in the US, as does the record amounts of fentanyl powder and pills seized at the southern border. A recent arrest in Arizona revealed the driver was transporting 340 packages of fentanyl pills, weighing 187 pounds, and worth an estimated $4.3 million. (A fatal dose – injected, swallowed, or inhaled – can be as small as a dozen grains of sand.)
…Since libraries are public places, the likelihood of opiate drug users coming to the facility to either use drugs, buy or sell drugs, or rest while under the influence, means that the possibility of a medical emergency due to their overdose is a reality.
Since 2000, Dr. Steve Albrecht has trained thousands of library employees in 28+ states, live and online, in service, safety, security, and supervision. His programs are fast, entertaining, and provide tools that can be put to use immediately in the library workspace with all types of patrons. In 2015, the ALA published his book, Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities. He is currently writing the sequel, The Safe Library: Keeping Users, Staff, and Collections Secure, for Rowman & Littlefield.
Steve holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration (D.B.A.), an M.A. in Security Management, a B.A. in English, and a B.S. in Psychology. He is board-certified in HR, security management, employee coaching, and threat assessment.
He has written 24 books on business, security, and leadership topics. He lives with six dogs, two cats, and three chickens. (Not all in the same room, of course.)