Annual Overdose Awareness Day this Saturday

MEDFORD, Ore. – Local non-profit “Max’s Mission” hosted an event Friday focusing on fentanyl and they’ll be participating in another event this weekend.

Featured speakers Friday included a medical leader, an investigative journalist, and a legal expert. The biggest takeaway from the presenters was that fentanyl is becoming increasingly intertwined with other substances, most commonly cocaine, heroin, and meth.

“The main message is that there is no safe drug use anymore for the most part, fentanyl can be cut into any powder, any pill on the black market and it’s really like playing Russian roulette because almost anything can have fentanyl in it,” said featured speaker, Ben Westhoff.

If you missed Friday’s event, Max’s Mission is gathering with community partners for 2022’s Overdose Awareness Event this Saturday, September 17, at Hawthorne Park between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The event will be an opportunity to remember those who lost their lives due to an overdose, as well as a chance to connect to the many services available in Southern Oregon.

Max’s Mission said there will be free distribution of naloxone kits and training on how to use them.

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