Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Public Library Director Ellen Dolan released this statement this morning after a packet containing heroin was found on the premises.
On Tuesday morning July 31, the Shrewsbury Public Library was closed for a short period. At approximately 7 a.m. a custodian found a small packet in a recycling bin, which contained a white powder. Local police and fire were immediately contacted and responded within minutes. Local officials requested assistance of the State’s Hazardous Materials Response Team for evaluation of the material. The team made a preliminary determination the packet contained a common street drug. The team, with the assistance of local police and fire, inspected all areas of the building and found no other materials of concern, and the building was determined to be safe to reopen to the public. Library service resumed at 11 a.m.
Final results received early this afternoon confirmed the material was the street drug heroin.
The local police have taken evidence and are investigating the incident.
Library Director Ellen Dolan expressed her thanks to local and state safety officials who responded so quickly to assess the situation and ensure the public and staff’s safety.
The library is now open for service as usual.