When I was a kid (here I go being old fart again) libraries were places of wonder. And for a bookworm like me? The proverbial candy store. Yu had to follow a code of conduct: Be quiet, be respectful to other patrons, the staff and specially the books, no silly behavior. You got two shushes tops as warning and the third was expulsion from the Library.
Earlier I bumped into this article from October of last year: Company to Supply Free Narcan to Libraries. I knew libraries were having a “homeless” (AKA junkies) problem that, but Narcan? And then I read this passage.
DPL (Denver Public Library) administered Narcan 14 times that year and a handful of times so far in 2018. “Those are lives we saved,” she says. “These things can and do happen at libraries because libraries are very public places.”
Once a temple of knowledge is now a location where junkies can come and get their fix and if they OD, the helpful librarian will resuscitate you with Narcan so you can continue shoving a needle up your arm.
That is progress in some circles, I guess.