Free overdose antidote available at meeting

Local people who are battling opiate overdose deaths will offer free overdose antidote medication, prescriptions and training during a community meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave.

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

Anyone who uses opiate drugs, or who would like to be prepared to help someone who overdoses, is encouraged to attend the meeting. The antidote comes in an easy-to-use nasal spray.

Organizers urge everyone to attend and help protect themselves or their family members, friends, neighbors or others who use opiate drugs.

In communities where naloxone is widely available, overdose deaths have dropped significantly, organizers said.

The event is hosted by the nonprofit group Max's Mission, which is devoted to preventing overdose deaths, with support from the Oregon Attorney General, HIV Alliance, Oregon Pain Guidance and Jackson County public health officials.

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