Community Conversations

The mission of Bossier Parish Libraries is to enrich, educate, and inspire our community by providing unique and welcoming physical and virtual environments in which open thought, innovation, and the sharing of ideas are encouraged.  Our vision is to support the changing needs of Bossier Parish by being a safe and inviting haven for all, fostering education and literacy, encouraging personal growth, inspiring curiosity, and building connections that strengthen our community.

Community Conversations

Tough Topics

After a series of community town hall meetings where we received feedback directly from our community members and library staff, our library administration and board of control worked together to create a community-focused strategic plan.  This is YOUR library, and as part of our commitment to serving YOU, Bossier Parish Libraries and the Louisiana Department of Health present this series of community conversations on some tough topics.  We're breaking the rules of conversation by talking about all those things we've been taught to not talk about.

This virtual event will take place each Wednesday in June from 6pm-7pm.  Browse the session topics below and register for each individual session that interests you.  Participants are not required to attend all sessions.

What You Need to Know About the Opioid Epidemic

Session 1 - Addiction & Recovery  

June 02, 2021 | 6:00pm

Presenter:  Shannon Gresham M.S., L.A.C., C.C.S.
New Day Recovery Treatment Center

This session will explore access to addiction and recovery resources for youth and adults within our communities.

Register for Session 1


Session 2 - What You Need to Know About the Effects of Opioids
June 09, 2021 | 6:00pm

Presenter:  Natasha Seals, PharmD
Louisiana Department of Health/Office of Public Health-Bureau of Community Preparedness

This session will touch on the importance of knowing when to use opioids and associated treatment effects. During this session, participants will learn:  1) what is an opioid; 2) the difference between dependence and tolerance; 3) how to identify misuse patterns; 4) the importance of safe disposal and countermeasures; 5) how stigmas can impact treatment outcomes. The session will also address how opioids impact the community and family unit.

Register for Session 2


Session 3 - (Part 1) Community Harm Reduction
June 16, 2021 | 6:00pm

Presenter:  Yolanda Duckworth, OPOC
Louisiana Department of Health/Office of Public Health-Bureau of Community Preparedness

This first session will provide an overview of the State's Office of Public Health Opioid Prevention program, awareness through outreach as well as share information on prescription medication safety and disposal as a continued strategy to reduce opioid misuse and overdose.  

Session 3 - (Part 2) Overdose Prevention:  Naloxone Administration

Presenter:  Lloyd Abney, Community Outreach
Council on Drug & Alcohol Abuse

This session will educate participants on the use and administration of the opioid overdose reversal medication, NARCAN.

Register for Session 3


Session 4 - Opioids in Rural Communities
June 23, 2021 | 6:00pm

Presenter: Rachel Jackson, MPA
Louisiana Ambulance Alliance

In this session, we will explore rural vs. urban healthcare disparities, challenges (and opportunities) for addressing the opioid epidemic in rural Louisiana, practical opioid safety tips, and rural resources for addiction and recovery.

Register for Session 4


Session 5 - Harm Reduction & Syringe Services Program
June 30, 2021 | 6:00pm

Presenter:  Hershey Krippendorf
Philidelphia Center

This session will highlight the urgent need for harm reduction services in the state of Louisiana. According to the Louisiana Opioid Data and Surveillance System, drug deaths from 2019 to 2020 have increased by 70%. Syringe Service Programs can prevent the transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C, reduce risks for overdose death with increased access to Naloxone, reduce needlestick injuries to first responders and sanitation workers; and provide access to treatment when a program participant is ready.

Register for Session 5

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