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Overdose antidote to be given away

The nonprofit group Max’s Mission will give away free naloxone, a medication used to reverse opioid overdoses, from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Gold Hill Public Library, 202 Dardanelles 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.

The giveaway is made possible by support from the Oregon Community Foundation and the Carpenter 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.

Max's Mission co-founder Julia Pinsky holds Narcan brand overdose antidote. Mail Tribune file photo.