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Originally presented November 3, 2021

Miguel de Cervantes wrote “To be prepared is half the victory.”

Kevin King shares how the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL) took a proactive approach to preparing for opioid overdoses in the library.

In less than a year, KPL staff learned about the liability laws regarding life-saving overdose drugs (Naloxone), lobbied to change those laws, hosted a “Drug Take-Back Day,” joined a county-wide task force on the issue, and organized overdose awareness training and administration of Naloxone for the staff.

Participants will gain the knowledge they need to begin a plan to address the opioid crisis in their library and turn a partial victory, into a life-saving win.

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Kevin King

Kevin King has worked at the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL) since 1998. Currently he serves as the Head of Community Engagement, which includes working with the library branches, mobile library vehicle, outreach, programming, security, and social services. Kevin has presented at conferences in workshops in over 20 states on topics like leadership, organizational healthy, innovation, and trauma-informed care. In 2020, he became the inaugural winner of the Michigan Library Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In March of this year, Kevin launched KPL’s first podcast, Five Author Questions with his co-host Sandra Farag.

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