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Overdose antidote giveaways planned in Rogue Valley

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, March 10, at the Medford Public Library, 205 S. Central Ave.

An overdose antidote giveaway is also planned from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Grants Pass Public Library, 200 N.W. C St.

The public is invited to drop in at any time during the events. 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.

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

In 2019, Max’s Mission trained over 1,500 people, distributed more than 1,785 free doses of naloxone and gave out 180 test strips to check for the often-deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Naloxone is also available for purchase without a prescription at most pharmacies in Oregon.

Naloxone nasal spray can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.