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Photos of overdose victims sought for memorial

The nonprofit group Max’s Mission is seeking photos of people who lost their lives to opioid overdoses for a memorial.

The public is asked to email photos of loved ones from Oregon or with Oregon connections to maxsmission@gmail.com by Monday, May 13.

Please include the person’s name, birth and death date and a short biography.

The photos will be presented as a memorial during the Oregon Pain and Addiction Treatment Conference in Bend at the end of May.

The memorial photos will be shown again during the International Overdose Awareness Day event in Pear Blossom Park in downtown Medford on Sept. 7.

The purpose of the memorial is to show honor and respect to those who died and are missed every day by their loved ones, said Max’s Mission Co-founder Julia Pinsky.

The memorial will also bring attention to the scale of the opioid overdose crisis and the need for action, she said.

Pinsky lost her son Max, 25, to a heroin overdose in 2013.

Opioids include prescription pain pills like Oxycontin and illicit drugs such as heroin.

Max’s Mission holds regular events to distribute the overdose antidote Narcan and show people how to administer the easy-to-use nasal spray.

The next distribution and training event is Tuesday, May 14, at the Eagle Point Public Library, 239 W. Main St.

Max’s Mission also provides test strips to check for fentanyl, an often-deadly drug that dealers have begun adding to a range of street drugs and counterfeit prescription pills.

For more information, see www.maxsmission.org.

Max's Mission Co-Founder Julia Pinsky is seeking photos of those who died from opioid overdoses for a memorial. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch