Did you know?

Prescription painkiller overdoses have more than quadrupled in the past 20 years, killing 16,651 people in 2010 alone.

In 2010, 1 in 20 people in the US (age 12 or older) reported using prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons in the past year.

Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a month.

* sources:  CDC, February 2013 and CDC, November 2011

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

Foundation Vice President Lexi Reed Holtum and many dedicated volunteers have been working tirelessly for the passage of Steve's Law (MN Good Samaritan + Naloxone bill) by the Minnesota state legislature.  Here is an article from Minnesota Medicine explaining the urgent need for this legislation.  On April 8th, the Minnesota State Senate unanimously passed the bill ... but it could be at risk in the House.  If you are a Minnesota resident, please contact your representative in the House and urge support for H.F. 2307.

Last October the FDA approved a new narcotic painkiller called Zohydro which is 10 times stronger than Vicodin.  This drug is scheduled to come on the market in March ... in the midst of our nation's public health crisis of addiction and overdose deaths.  The FDA's own advisory committee voted 11 to 2 against approval.  The FED UP! Coalition, chaired by Foundation President Judy Rummler, has submitted a letter to the FDA signed by 42 organizations from across the country asking the FDA to reconsider its approval.  NPR covered the story in Morning EditionHere is the story featuring Judy and Foundation board member Dr. Charlie Reznikoff on Minneapolis Fox 9 News.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 17th at 6:30 p.m. at North Hennepin Community College in the Grand Hall in the Center for Business and Technology, 7411 85th Ave. North, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.  Minnesotans should be sure to attend this Town Hall Forum to discuss why heroin is a growing concern in our communities, and how this issue is connected to your home medicine cabinet.  Click here for flyer.

SAVE THE DATE!  The 3rd annual Steve Rummler Day at Target Field will be held on June 30, 2014.  We have planned an exciting new venue for the event, which will be held on the Budweiser Roof Deck at Target Field.  This means that there will be easy access to the event and to parking.  Festivities will start at 5:30 with food and a cash bar.  Exciting silent auction items will be availalbe for your bidding.  There will be music and the game starts at 7:10.  More details will follow.  Please plan to join us and help us raise funds to provide hope for those with chronic pain and the disease of addiction.  Tickets available at SteveRummlerDay.eventbrite.com.