SALT LAKE COUNTY (News4Utah) – Each week, approximately 10 Utahns die from an opioid overdose. In a new partnership, Utah Naloxone and Salt Lake County Library aim to reduce that number.
"Looking at community access points, libraries are everywhere. They’re a very trusted entity. They’re thought of as very knowledgeable individuals, right? Your librarian could help you find information about anything you would need," said Dr. Jennifer Plumb, Medical Director for Utah Naloxone.
Thanks to funding provided by the Commission for Criminal and Juvenile Justice, Intermountain Healthcare, and the University of Utah, all 18 libraries in the Salt Lake County Library system will be equipped with free Naloxone kits — no questions asked.
Liz Sollis with Salt Lake County Library said there hasn’t been any medical emergencies yet where library staff had to administer treatment. Nonetheless, they are trained in CPS, administering Narcan and Naloxone.
"We know that the opioid epidemic is real here in Utah. So we want to make sure that we have the proper training and knowledge because the reality is…anyone could be a victim of an unintentional overdose," said Sollis.
Alexis Alires, the Circulation Supervisor at the West Jordan Library has worked with Salt Lake County Library for 28 years. Library staff describe him as a local community figure, treating patrons like his family members.
"Not only are we ready to give you information or provide story time. We care about our patrons, we care about the public, and we’re here to make a difference to everyone," said Alires.
The free naloxone kits will be available to the public beginning mid-June at the following locations:
Bingham Creek: 4834 West 9000 South, West Jordan 84081 Columbus: 2530 South 500 East, South Salt Lake 84106 Draper: 1136 East Pioneer Road (12400 South), Draper 84020 Herriman: 5380 West Herriman Main Street, Herriman 84096 Holladay: 2150 East Murray-Holladay Road, Holladay 84117 Hunter: 4740 West 4100 South, West Valley City 84120 Kearns: 5350 South 4220 West, Kearns 84118 Magna: 2675 South 8950 West, Magna 84044 Millcreek: 2266 East Evergeen Avenue, East Millcreek 84109 Riverton: 12877 South 1830 West, Riverton 84065 Sandy: 10100 South Petunia Way, Sandy 84092 (Calvin S.) Smith: 810 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City 84106 South Jordan: 10673 South Redwood Road, South Jordan 84095 Taylorsville: 4870 South 2700 West, Taylorsville 84118 (Ruth Vine) Tyler: 8041 South Wood Street, Midvale 84047 West Jordan: 8030 South 1825 West, West Jordan 84088 West Valley: 2880 West 3650 South, West Valley 84119 Whitmore: 2197 East Fort Union Boulevard, Salt Lake City 84121