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Should Seattle Public Library employees carry Narcan?


The Seattle Public Library is reviewing its policy on employees carrying and administering Narcan.

Narcan is a prescription medicine used to treat a known or suspected opioid overdose. It’s also known by the generic name "naloxone."

Currently, the Seattle Public Library advises employees not to carry or administer Narcan, a nasal spray, on the job. A review of this policy was prompted by an employee.

"A staff member inquired with their supervisor about potentially bringing Narcan to work and administering it for patrons that might need it," said Rick Sheridan with the Seattle Public Library.

Sheridan says the existing policy is in place to protect the library and staff from possible liability issues. The King County Library System has a similar policy.

In the event of a suspected opioid overdose, Seattle Public Library staff are instructed to call 911.

A spokesperson says they expect to have an update on the review this week.