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Fundraiser planned to combat overdose deaths

RoxyAnn Winery will host a fundraiser to help combat opioid overdose deaths from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 9.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation at the door. The winery is located at 3283 Hillcrest Road, Medford.

Musical performers include blues steel guitarist and singer Pete Herzog, blues duo David Pinsky and Phil Newton and the band Sonido Alegre, which mixes Spanish and Gypsy-flavored originals with cover songs.

The event includes a raffle and a silent auction of a coast get-away to Florence, gift certificates for shopping, a paella Spanish rice dinner for eight, wine baskets, a spa basket, art, a personal concert from Sonido Alegre and more.

The fundraiser benefits Max's Mission, a local nonprofit group founded by Julia Pinsky that distributes naloxone, a nasal spray or injectable medication that reverses an opioid overdose.

Max Pinsky, the son of Julia and David Pinsky, was one of four Ashland men to die of heroin overdoses in the winter of 2012-2013.

Opioids, which include heroin and prescription pain medications like OxyContin, can slow or stop breathing and the beating of the heart. Victims can lose consciousness, vomit and choke.

Communities that have expanded access to the naloxone overdose antidote have seen a drop in overdose deaths.

Julia Pinsky urges anyone who uses opioids or knows someone who uses opioids to have naloxone on hand.

Max's Mission has hosted free naloxone prescription, training and distribution events in Medford and Ashland. It's next free event is from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in the AllCare Community Room, 1701 N.E. Seventh St., Grants Pass.

For more information about Max's Mission and future naloxone events, visit www.maxsmission.org.

To donate to Max's Mission, visit www.gofundme.com/maxs-mission.