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FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Quick answers to common questions.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

WHAT ARE OPIOIDS (NARCOTIC PAINKILLERS)?

Opioids are drugs that work in the body the way opium does – they block the body’s ability to feel pain. Some are made directly from opium (for example, morphine and codeine), while others are man-made but similar chemically to opium (for example, the painkillers oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl, better known by such brand names as OxyContin®, Vicodin®, Percocet®, and Actiq®). Heroin is also an opioid.  Opioid dependence is common and can happen to anyone.

WHAT IS STEVE'S LAW?

“Steve’s Law”, named after Steve Rummler, who died of an opioid overdose in 2011, and after whom the Steve Rummler HOPE Network was formed and named, is MN’s Good Samaritan + Naloxone law.

Steve’s Law SAVES LIVES in Minnesota by:

  • Providing immunity to those who call 911 in good faith to save a life
  • allows law-enforcement and the public to access and administer naloxone (Narcan), to save lives.
  • Allows prescribers and other medical providers to prescribe naloxone to those at risk of an opioid overdose and family members, friends, or other persons. This is called third-party prescribing. Anyone in Minnesota can carry and administer naloxone.

For more information, visit our Overdose Prevention page.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

Our office is located in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

12800 Whitewater Drive, Suite 100, Minnetonka MN 55343

For more information, visit our Contact page.

NALOXONE QUESTIONS

WHAT IS NALOXONE (NARCAN®)?

It is a prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose. It cannot be used to get high and is not addictive. Naloxone is safe and effective; emergency medical professionals have used it for decades.

IS NALOXONE JUST A "SAFETY NET" THAT ALLOWS USERS TO USE EVEN MORE?

Research studies have investigated this common concern and found that making naloxone available does NOT encourage people to use opiates more. The goal of distributing naloxone and educating people about how to prevent, recognize and intervene in overdoses is to prevent deaths. Other goals, such as decreasing drug use, can only be accomplished if the user is alive.

CAN NALOXONE HARM SOMEONE?

No. If you suspect an opioid overdose, it is safe to give naloxone. People who used opioids will then wake up and go into withdrawal. Withdrawal is miserable but better than dying. Naloxone does not prevent deaths caused by other drugs such as benzodiazepines (e.g. Xanax®, Klonopin® and Valium®), bath salts, cocaine, methamphetamine or alcohol. Always call 911 as an overdose victim may need other care.

WHO CAN CARRY OR ADMINISTER NALOXONE?

Minnesota State law allows anyone at risk for having or witnessing a drug overdose to obtain a prescription for naloxone. Users, family members and concerned friends can all carry naloxone in the same way people with allergies are allowed to carry an epinephrine syringe (“epi-pen”).

HOW DO YOU GIVE NALOXONE?

Bystanders can safely and legally spray naloxone into the nose or inject it into a muscle.

 

Into the nose (intranasal spray):
Narcan® Nasal Spray is available by prescription from all authorized prescribers.
The applicator for Narcan® Nasal Spray is placed gently into the nostril and sprayed via the attached plunger. First responders often give naloxone intranasally.

 

Into the muscle (intramuscular injection):
The naloxone should be injected into the upper arm muscle (the deltoid) or the outer thigh. In an emergency, it is safe to inject through clothing.

HOW LONG DOES NALOXONE TAKE TO WORK?

Naloxone acts in 2 – 5 minutes. If the person doesn’t wake up in 5 minutes, bystanders should give a second dose. (Rescue breathing should be done while you wait for the naloxone to take effect so that the person gets oxygen to their brain.)

CAN NALOXONE WEAR OFF BEFORE THE DRUGS THAT CAUSE THE OVERDOSE?

Yes. Naloxone typically wears off in 30 – 90 minutes and the person can stop breathing again unless more naloxone is available. For this reason, it is safest to call 911 and have the person taken for medical care.

PARTNER QUESTIONS

HOW DOES MY ORGANIZATION START CARRYING NALOXONE?

To partner with the Steve Rummler HOPE Network and begin receiving overdose rescue kits, someone from your organization will first need to become a “community trainer”.

Once they have been trained they become representatives of the HOPE Network and can use our training materials to train staff, residents, community members, etc.

All community trainers of our organization are able to place additional training requests, download and view training material and order overdose rescue kits through our volunteer and partner portal.

WHAT IS THE PARTNER PORTAL?

The partner portal is a secure site where you can manage your organization’s activity and relationship with the Steve Rummler HOPE Network. Invoicing, orders, communication, projects, these are all managed through the partner portal.

HOW DOES MY ORGANIZATION BECOME A PARTNER?

Submit a request here. We may request a meeting with you prior to granting partnership.

DONATIONS QUESTIONS

WILL I RECEIVE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE RECEIPT?

Yes. All donations to the Steve Rummler HOPE Network are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. You will receive a receipt upon request.

HOW CAN I MAKE A DONATION?

You can simply make a donation here. If you would rather send a check or make a cash donation, please send all donations to 12800 Whitewater Drive, Suite 100, Minnetonka, MN 55343 and address the envelope to Steve Rummler Hope Network.

CAN I MAKE MEMORIAL DONATIONS?

Yes. Our hearts ache every time we learn of a passing due to the disease of addiction. Families have made memorial donations to the Steve Rummler HOPE Network to support the work we do to ensure other families don’t endure the same loss.

CAN I SPONSOR A SPECIFIC PROJECT OR CAUSE?

Yes. We have many sponsorship packages available and we’re always looking for like-minded organizations willing to support our initiatives and events. For more questions, email hope@rummlerhope.org.

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