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WHAT we're reading

The Critical Role Librarians Play In The Opioid Crisis

"Public libraries have always been about more than just books -- and their mission of community support has taken on new urgency during the current opioid epidemic. After witnessing overdoses at her library in Philadelphia, Chera Kowalski learned how to administer naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of narcotics, and she's put it to use to save patrons' lives. In this personal talk, she shares the day-to-day reality of life on the frontline of the opioid crisis and advocates for each of us to find new ways to keep our communities safe and healthy."

Chera Kowalski | TEDMED2017

No Family Is Safe From This Epidemic

"As an admiral I helped run the most powerful military on Earth, but I couldn't save my son from the scourge of opioid addiction."

By James Winnefeld

For The Atlantic

BOOKS ON TOPIC

He Wanted to Stay Sober. So He Surrounded Himself With Drinkers.

“The world doesn’t stop just because I got sober,” he said. Being around alcohol is unavoidable, Mr. McGarry said, and so he believes it is critical for him to confront that head-on. If he sees alcohol as taboo, he said, he gives it more power. Having seen friends relapse, go to jail or die of a drug overdose, he knows what he risks if he does not address his issues directly.

By John Otis 

For The New York Times