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Library staff study up on Narcan training

The Duluth Library is stepping up to fight the opioid crisis.

After some training, staff at the library is now able to provide Narcan, a nasal spray that can treat narcotic overdoses in an emergency situation.

The library says the training, done by Essentia Health’s Toxicology expert, Dr. Elisabeth Bilden, came about because staff requested it, and wanted to be proactive.

The library now has about 30 staff members trained, and three Narcan kits available at the main library.

Dr. Bilden says it’s essential that public places want to prevent opioid overdoses.

"If we can increase the distribution of nalaxon, which is a recommendation from the surgeon general, then we can hopefully save more lives," says Dr. Bilden.

Library officials say Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken was a big help in the effort to make the training happen for the library.

Meanwhile, Superior library officials say they’ve chosen not to receive similar training, however they add it doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be open to it down the road.

We’ll have more on this story tonight at 6.

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