Tuesday, April 16, 2024

New Albrecht Webinar - "The Fentanyl Crisis In Our Libraries: Awareness and a Safe Response"

The Fentanyl Crisis In Our Libraries:
Awareness and a Safe Response
Part of the Library 2.0 Service, Safety, and Security / Safe Librarian Series with Dr. Steve Albrecht


Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate, is now the leading cause of death for adults 18 to 45 in this country. When it’s used--either by smoking it, injecting it, or consuming it in pill form--even a small amount causes respiratory failure and the person simply stops breathing. First responders and other concerned people who know how to use the Narcan nasal spray, can bring an overdosing person back to life, but not always.

After alcohol, fentanyl is the most problematic drug in the history of the US, killing 275 people every day, in our large and small cities. Libraries, library leaders, and staff have had to deal with the impact of this drug as patrons have come in under the influence, or near death, or seek to use it in our library stacks and restrooms. This session will provide an overview of the situation, provide education to library leaders and staff, and give some potential solutions.


  • Watch an interview segment Dr. Steve Albrecht did with Thomas Wolfe, a former homeless person and drug addict in San Francisco, who is now part of a coalition to help people get off the streets and into treatment.
  • Learn the signs of opiate overdose and when to call paramedics for a patron in respiratory distress.
  • Learn how Narcan functions to help save lives.
  • Watch a short training video on how to give the Narcan nasal spray to a person in an overdose situation.
  • Learn how a person in withdrawal from opiates (which happens every four to six hours) can mimic the signs of methamphetamine use.
  • Discuss security ideas to limit the possibility of fentanyl users using library restrooms and other parts of the facility to get high.
  • Verify that all staff are using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to safely handle and/or dispose of found narcotics or drug paraphernalia.
  • How to get help from the various social services agencies, private-sector, or grant-funded support groups can provide information to staff, drug users, and the community.

This 60-minute overview session is another in our “Safe Librarian Series” hosted by trainer, author, and library service, safety, and security expert, Dr. Steve Albrecht. A copy of the presentation slides will be available to all who participate.

DATE: Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 2:00 pm US - Eastern Time


  • $99/person - includes any-time access to the recording and the presentation slides and receiving a participation certificate. To arrange group discounts (see below), to submit a purchase order, or for any registration difficulties or questions, email admin@library20.com.
  • FREE for those on individual or group all-access passes (see below).


Click HERE. You can pay by credit card, and will receive an email within a day with information on how to attend the webinar live and how you access the permanent webinar recording. If you are paying for someone else to attend, you'll be prompted to send an email to admin@library20.com with the name and email address of the actual attendee.

If you have any trouble registering for a webinar, if you need to be invoiced or pay by check, or if you have any questions, please email admin@library20.com.

NOTE: please check your spam folder if you don't receive your confirmation email within a day.

SPECIAL GROUP RATES (email admin@library20.com to arrange):

  • Multiple individual log-ins and access from the same organization paid together: $75 each for 3+ registrations, $65 each for 5+ registrations. Unlimited and non-expiring access for those log-ins.
  • The ability to show the webinar (live or recorded) to a group located in the same physical location or in the same virtual meeting from one log-in: $299.
  • Large-scale institutional access for viewing with individual login capability: $499 (hosted either at Library 2.0 or in Niche Academy). Unlimited and non-expiring access for those log-ins.


  • All-access annual passes include unlimited access to the recordings of all of Dr. Albrecht's previous Library 2.0 webinars, plus live and recorded access to his new webinars for one year. These are hosted either at Library 2.0 or Niche Academy (if preferred).
  • For a $499 individual all-access annual pass to all of Dr. Albrecht's live webinars and recordings for one year, please click here
  • Inquiries for all-access organizational contracts should be directed to admin@library20.com.

Since 2000, Dr. Steve Albrecht has trained thousands of library employees in 28+ states, live and online, in service, safety, and security. 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. His new book, The Safe Library: Keeping Users, Staff, and Collections Secure, was just published by 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 25 books on business, security, and leadership topics. He lives in Springfield, Missouri, with six dogs and two cats.

More on The Safe Library at thesafelibrary.com. Follow on X (Twitter) at @thesafelibrary and on YouTube @thesafelibrary. Dr. Albrecht's professional website is drstevealbrecht.com.



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