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Overdose antidote giveaway coming to Eagle Point

The nonprofit group Max’s Mission will give away free naloxone, a medication used to reverse opioid overdoses, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Eagle Point Library, 239 W. Main St.

The public is invited to drop in at any time during the event. Training on how to respond to an overdose, including administering naloxone in an easy-to-use nasal spray form, takes about 30 minutes.

The antidote can quickly reverse the effects of an overdose from heroin and prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Percocet.

Max’s Mission also will give away test strips to check for fentanyl, an often-deadly drug being added to a variety of illicit drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and counterfeit pain pills.

In powder form, a fentanyl dose fatal to humans is smaller than Abraham Lincoln’s face on a penny, according to medical experts.

The overdose prevention giveaway is made possible by grant funding from the Oregon Community Foundation.

People who can’t attend the training and need a naloxone kit can call 458-225-9760. For more information about Max’s Mission, visit www.maxsmission.org.