On Monday, a library hosts opioid harm reduction programs

Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs.
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A presentation regarding the state of substance use in Colorado will be held twice on Monday, August 29 at noon and 7 p.m. at the Bud Werner Memorial Library, according to a press release from the library.

Memorial Regional Health, High Rockies Harm Reduction, The Colorado Consortium for Rx Drug Abuse Prevention and more will host a discussion in the library room on “Substance Use, Fentanyl and Harm Reduction: What It Does means to us”.

“Following this candid discussion, presenters will provide education on naloxone (Narcan) and its use in overdose emergencies, including how to recognize when these emergencies are occurring,” Jennie Lay said in the release. “They will demonstrate how to use fentanyl test strips to see if any substances have been contaminated with this often deadly drug. They will also discuss other harm reduction testing tools and how they can be obtained.

The library will provide free harm reduction kits with funding from the Rural Response to the Opioid Epidemic grant initiative. The kits contain overdose recognition and response information, fentanyl and naloxone test strips, and other resources.

“The more we put these tools in the hands of community members, the more likely they are to save your life, the life of a loved one, or even the life of a complete stranger if you witness an emergency. ongoing overdose,” Lay said. in the release.