Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities: Research Findings

By Michele Coleman, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, and Kendra Morgan

The nation is experiencing an ongoing opioid epidemic, and communities across the country are feeling the epidemic’s impact. Public health and human service organizations, professional associations, and nonprofits continue to implement responses to stem the rising overdose deaths; public libraries, too, are a part of this response. This article is the follow-up to "Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis in Collaboration with Their Communities: An Introduction" (Collaborative Librarianship 2019, vol. 11, no. 1, art. 8), and identifies, synthesizes, and shares knowledge and resources that will help public libraries and their community partners develop effective strategies to work together to address the opioid epidemic in the US. Eight public libraries and their respective community partners participated in this research study, which is based on interviews with library staff, library board members, staff at community partner organizations, and members of the community. This article highlights the findings from the eight case study sites selected to participate in this research and provides an overview of the partnerships formed and the resources and programming developed to meet community needs. 

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Note: This article originally appeared in Collaborative Librarianship 2019, 12(1): 52-67.

Suggested citation:

Coleman, Michele, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, and Kendra Morgan. 2020. "Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities: Research Findings." Collaborative Librarianship 12(1), art. 6.