Max’s Mission is a local nonprofit that struggles to fight opiate overdoses deaths, and it decided to give away free naloxone. This is a medication that is used to reverse opioid overdose. The medicine will be offered from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave, in Oregon.
What can the antidote do?
This antidote has the ability to quickly reverse the effects of an overdose from heroin and also prescription painkillers such as Percocet and OxyContin.
So, anyone who uses opiates or who has someone in their family or circle of friends who is an opiate user is encouraged to attend the meeting on Wednesday. Max’s mission will also offer all the necessary training on how this antidote should be used.
More people are encouraged to carry naloxone
This month, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams has issued an advisory in which he was encouraging more people to carry naloxone.
According to him, people should think of the medicine as an EpiPen which is usually carried around by people who are prone to various dangerous allergic reactions.
Naloxone is able to restore breathing in people who have overdosed on opioids. It can be used by people who consumed street drugs but also be individuals who overdosed on prescription painkillers as well.
Max’s mission was created by Julia and David Pinsky two parents who wanted to honor their son Max who passed away due to opiate overdose.
They also want to spread awareness of this medication that can literally save lives. If you head over to their official website, you will see that Max’s Mission has the goal to “save lives in Southern Oregon through the distribution of naloxone, a medication that reverses an opioid overdose.”
Their notes also say that “so many families throughout this country and our own community here in the Rogue Valley have been affected by the opioid epidemic. Family, friends, neighbors, and partners lives have been turned upside down. Perhaps you have been affected directly or indirectly.”
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