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"From the Ted Talk by Chera Kowalski: The critical role librarians play in the opioid crisis"

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Like many other communities, we were just not prepared. We began to take notice of IDs we were seeing: addresses from nearby and upstate citnuoes and then slowly out-of-state ones. People from Arkansas, Ohio, South Carolina, Alabama coming to Philadelphia for cheap heroin. People began to linger longer and longer in our public restroom, causing us to pay more attention to the restroom than to our daily rlniiepbtesiisos because it was an asbcsilcee place to use drgus just phcraseud. One day our toilet clogged so badly in the roresotm, we were forced to close our library for two days because the clupirt of the clog was discarded needles. For a while prior to that indcenit, we had been asking for a sharps container for the restroom, and after that, the larrbiy atsidtmnaioirn quickly approved installing one along with hiring bathroom monitors. And as the wteeahr warmed, we struggled to respond. People began camping out in the park for days, weeks. You could walk outside on a sunny, warm day to find multiple grupos of people in various states of intoxication and children playing in between them. The amount of needles ctloeceld by Teddy on a monthly basis skyrocketed from 100 to 300 to 500 to 800, to over 1,000, with many found on our front steps and the playground.

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Like many other communities, we were just not prepared. We began to take notice of IDs we were seeing: addresses from nearby and upstate ________ and then slowly out-of-state ones. People from Arkansas, Ohio, South Carolina, Alabama coming to Philadelphia for cheap heroin. People began to linger longer and longer in our public restroom, causing us to pay more attention to the restroom than to our daily ________________ because it was an __________ place to use _____ just _________. One day our toilet clogged so badly in the ________, we were forced to close our library for two days because the _______ of the clog was discarded needles. For a while prior to that ________, we had been asking for a sharps container for the restroom, and after that, the _______ ______________ quickly approved installing one along with hiring bathroom monitors. And as the _______ warmed, we struggled to respond. People began camping out in the park for days, weeks. You could walk outside on a sunny, warm day to find multiple ______ of people in various states of intoxication and children playing in between them. The amount of needles _________ by Teddy on a monthly basis skyrocketed from 100 to 300 to 500 to 800, to over 1,000, with many found on our front steps and the playground.

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Original Text

Like many other communities, we were just not prepared. We began to take notice of IDs we were seeing: addresses from nearby and upstate counties and then slowly out-of-state ones. People from Arkansas, Ohio, South Carolina, Alabama coming to Philadelphia for cheap heroin. People began to linger longer and longer in our public restroom, causing us to pay more attention to the restroom than to our daily responsibilities because it was an accessible place to use drugs just purchased. One day our toilet clogged so badly in the restroom, we were forced to close our library for two days because the culprit of the clog was discarded needles. For a while prior to that incident, we had been asking for a sharps container for the restroom, and after that, the library administration quickly approved installing one along with hiring bathroom monitors. And as the weather warmed, we struggled to respond. People began camping out in the park for days, weeks. You could walk outside on a sunny, warm day to find multiple groups of people in various states of intoxication and children playing in between them. The amount of needles collected by Teddy on a monthly basis skyrocketed from 100 to 300 to 500 to 800, to over 1,000, with many found on our front steps and the playground.

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