Non-profit hosts distribution and remembrance event at Hawthorne Park on Nat’l Overdose Awareness Day

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s National Overdose Awareness Day, and local non-profit organization Max’s Mission is hoping to educate the community on overdosing at Hawthorne Park.

The non-profit hosted a small distribution of free naloxone and fentanyl test strips this afternoon.

It also provided cards and posterboards for people to write messages to people who lost their lives to overdose.

“It’s a day for remembering those we lost to overdose, we’ve just lost way too many in southern Oregon, and it’s, you know, a way for us to all remember,” said Max’s Mission Executive Director, Julia Pinsky.

Pinsky says a larger scale event has been postponed until October.

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NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.
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