Overdose antidote to be given away Wednesday

Max’s Mission, a local nonprofit that battles opiate overdose deaths, will give away free naloxone, a medication used to reverse opioid overdoses, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave.

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

Anyone who uses opiates, or has a friend or family member using such drugs, is encouraged to attend.

Max’s Mission will offer training on how to use the antidote.

This month U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued an advisory encouraging more people to routinely carry naloxone.

Adams said people should think of naloxone like an EpiPen, which is commonly carried by people who are prone to dangerous allergic reactions.

Naloxone can restore breathing in people who have overdosed on opioids, whether the drugs are prescription painkillers or street drugs.

Julia and David Pinsky created the nonprofit Max’s Mission to honor their son Max, who died of an opiate overdose, and to spread awareness of this life-saving medication. For more information, see maxsmission.org.

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