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Get Educated About Opioids

Get Educated About Opioids

Published: January 03, 2019

Each year, the Catawba County Library System partners with Catawba Valley Community College to enrich and educate folks about timely topics and relevant authors. This season, the focus is on the opioid epidemic – a crisis that has affected Catawba County particularly strongly. The book guiding many of our community’s conversations is Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by journalist Sam Quinones.

Quinones does the important research to show how opioids have become so crippling in America and how they’re infiltrating the heartland and rural communities so powerfully. The story he tells is a good entry point into what’s happening to our friends and neighbors locally.

Our goal at the library is to showcase resources and agencies that can provide a measure of relief to people who are struggling with opiates – and to bring awareness to what’s taking place in homes and businesses that people may not understand. To fight addiction, we must be knowledgeable about conditions and opportunities.

At many of our branches this month, we’re hosting programs that regular folks can take advantage of to learn about small actions that can have a big impact.

• Recognize the Signs of Drug Addiction is presented in the context of Catawba County being ranked 5th in the nation for the severity of opiate abuse. Folks from The Cognitive Connection will open our eyes to the signs of drug addiction in people around us, and they’ll help us understand the first steps we can take in getting help for these people. TV and movies often show us exaggerated examples of abuse, but here, we’ll see the subtle clues that can indicate a substance problem.

This program takes place at 6 pm on Monday, January 7 at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library, at 5 pm on Wednesday, January 9 at the Maiden Branch Library, and at 6 pm on Monday, January 14 at the St. Stephens Branch Library.

• Lock Your Meds is presented to help stem the flow of illegal and prescription drugs in our own homes. This program demonstrates how you can be part of the solution by talking about how and why families need to keep certain legitimate prescriptions locked away – and how to dispose of unused or unwanted pills to keep them from falling into the wrong hands.

At this seminar, an Operation Medication Dropbox will be available for disposal of old or leftover medicines – no questions asked – and several lockboxes and cabinet locks will be given away to attendees.

The Lock Your Meds seminar will be presented in English at 5:30 pm on Thursday, January 10 at the Main Library in Newton. A second session will take place at 5:30 pm on Thursday, January 17 en español at the same location.