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Overdose antidote giveaway planned

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 30 minutes.

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

“While the holiday season is joyful, it can also be very stressful for many. If you or someone you know uses opioids — prescription or illicit — it’s important to have naloxone on hand,” said Max’s Mission Co-Founder Julia Pinsky. “You can save a life.”

Max’s Mission has trained more than 900 people so far in 2019 and distributed 1,275 free doses of naloxone. The organization has also given away at least 160 test strips to check for fentanyl, a potent and often deadly drug that is increasingly being added to illicit drugs and counterfeit opioid pain pills.

An overdose antidote giveaway is also scheduled from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Grants Pass Public Library, 200 S.W. C St.

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

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