Did you know?

Prescription painkiller overdoses have more than quadrupled in the past 20 years, killing 16,917 people in 2011 alone.

In 2011, 1 in 22 people in the US (age 12 or older) reported using prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons in the past year.

* sources:  CDC, July 2014

At first it was a lifeline. Now it is a noose around my neck.

Steve Rummler suffered from chronic pain and addiction to his prescribed pain medications. He died of an accidental overdose. A note with the words above was found among his belongings.

 

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Foundation News

The Foundation's new video "PAIN KILLERS - The Story of Steve Rummler" was presented for the first time at the August 14th meeting of the Edina Rotary Club meeting in Edina, Minnesota (photo shows Foundation board member Alisa Butler with the producer of the video, Zach Peterson).  The emotional video gave the packed house a new understanding of our nation's epidemic of overdose deaths and addiction to  prescription drugs.  Generous grants from Rotary International District 5950 and from the Minnesota Rotary Clubs of Buffalo, Bloomington, Buffalo, Burnsville Breakfast, Eden Prairie Noon and Excelsior made this video possible.  The Foundation is extremely grateful.  The 24-minute video is available for download from vimeo with the password rummler.  It will soon be available on the Foundation's website.  Please let us know if you would like to arrange for a speaker to present this video to an organization you belong to.

Upcoming Events

Many Vigils will be held throughout the country on International Overdose Awareness Day, which occurs on August 31 each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. The Foundation will participate in the fourth annual Minnesota Overdose Vigil to be held at 7:00 p.m. at All God's Children Metropolitan Community Church in Minneapolis.  We will have a table at the event to share information about the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation.  Contact Jenny McCourt to volunteer to help with this event.

Please join us at the 2nd annual FED UP! Rally in Washington, D.C., on September 28th.  We expect thousands from all across the country to join our grassroots movement.  We will create one voice to raise awareness and call for federal action to end our nation's epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths.  Someone in our country is dying every 16 minutes of a drug overdose.  This is unacceptable!  Details are available on our flyer.  Registration is free and available at feduprally.eventbrite.com.