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Overdose antidote giveaway coming to Medford

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. Wednesday at the Medford Public Library, 205 S. Central Ave.

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 20 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.

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.

Max's Mission Co-founder Julia Pinsky holds NARCAN, a naloxone nasal spray used to reverse opioid overdoses. Mail Tribune file photo.