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Julia Pinsky holds NARCAN nasal spray. Mail Tribune / Andy Atkinson

Opioid-overdose antidote to be given away

Max’s Mission, a local nonprofit that battles opioid-overdose deaths, will give away free naloxone, a medication used to reverse opioid overdoses, from 3:30 to 6:30 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. The public is invited to drop in at any time and should allow approximately 45 minutes for a presentation and training.

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 Max’s Mission to honor their son Max, who died of an opioid overdose, and to spread awareness of this life-saving medication. For more information, see maxsmission.org.

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