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Steve Rummler Hope Network Offers Life-Saving Naloxone Training to Kanabec Community

MEDIA ADVISORY:
September 20, 2017

Contact: Sean O’Donnell, Public Relations, sean.odonnell@steverummlerhopenetwork.org, 612.850.3107

Steve Rummler Hope Network Offers Life-Saving Naloxone Training to Kanabec Community

WHO:  The Steve Rummler Hope Network, Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County and Recovering Hope are hosting a naloxone training session to educate the community how to prevent opioid-related deaths. The trainings are open to the public and anyone who believes they may encounter someone overdosing on opioids is encouraged to attend.

WHAT: In Minnesota, anyone can carry and administer naloxone, the medication that reverses opioid overdoses. This fall, the Steve Rummler Hope Network will help empower Kanabec residents, first responders, health professionals, law enforcement and others how to resuscitate a victim of an opioid overdose by properly administer naloxone. Attendees of the training sessions will learn what naloxone is, how it works, how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and when to give naloxone to a person who has overdosed. Upon completion of the class, attendees will leave with a naloxone kit, if desired. To cover the increased cost of naloxone kits, attendees are asked to make a $50 donation to attend the session, but no one will be turned away.

Opioid overdose deaths are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. In 2015 alone, 572 Minnesotans lost their lives to drug overdoses and more than half were opioid related. 2016 is looking to be much worse. In August 2017, President Trump stated he is prepared to declare the opioid crisis as a national emergency.

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

WHERE:  Kanabec County Jail Training Room, 18 N Vine Street, Mora, MN 55051-1342

 

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About Steve Rummler Hope Network

Judy and Bill Rummler founded the Steve Rummler Hope Network in honor of their son Steve, who died of an opioid overdose in July 2011. The mission of the Steve Rummler Hope Network is to heighten awareness of the disease of addiction as it relates to the physical and emotional burdens of chronic pain and to improve the associated care process. The Network creates solutions to this epidemic through its three programs: prescriber education, advocacy, and overdose prevention through naloxone distribution.

Sean O'Donnel

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