Categories: Lectures & Education
- Cost: Free
November TED Talks at the Somers Library
Friday, November 2, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
TED talks are back! Join host Eugene Ritchie in discussion after viewing two TED talk speakers each session who will speak on a specific topic. Each program consists of diverse speakers with short presentations of 10 and 21 minutes long. Each talk will be followed by light refreshment.
The topics and speakers for November are:
Community Health: The Opioid Crisis
Travis Rieder – “The Agony of Opioid Withdrawal and What Doctors Should Tell Patients”
The United States accounts for five percent of the world’s population but consumes almost 70 percent of the total global opioid supply, creating an epidemic that has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths each year. How did we get here, and what can we do about it? In this personal talk, Travis Rieder recounts the painful, often-hidden struggle of opioid withdrawal and reveals how doctors who are quick to prescribe (and overprescribe) opioids aren’t equipped with the tools to eventually get people off the meds.
Chera Kowalski – “The Critical Role Libraries Play in the Opioid Crisis”
Public libraries have always been about more than just books, and their mission of community support has taken on new urgency during the current opioid epidemic. After witnessing overdoses at her library in Philadelphia, Chera Kowalski learned how to administer naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of narcotics, and she’s put it to use to save patrons’ lives. In this personal talk, she shares the day-to-day reality of life on the frontline of the opioid crisis and advocates for each of us to find new ways to keep our communities safe and healthy.
Registration is required – please register on our online calendar at www.somerslibrary.org or call 914-232-5717.
Our programs are funded by the Friends of the Somers Library through your donations. Thanks for your support!
The Somers Library