WASHINGTON – Judy Rummler, Edina, Minn. resident and the Founder of the Minnesota nonprofit, Steve Rummler Hope Foundation, has been invited to the signing of the 21st Century Cures Act by President Barack Obama. Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. with majority opioid related. In 2015, 33,091 people died of an opioid overdose nationally and 330 died in Minnesota (including heroin).
Among funding for medical innovations and research, the $6.3 billion bill includes $1 billion to be allocated towards the treatment and prevention of opioid dependence and overdose, the epidemic that the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation works to eradicate in Minnesota communities and beyond.
The signing is scheduled to take place at 2:00ET today at the White House. She was invited because of the work she and the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation did in support of the President’s budget request of $1 billion for opioid addiction treatment. According to the invitation from the President, other attendees include “dignities and celebrities.”
“I was honored to receive an invitation to the signing of the bill at the White House because it included the $1 billion for opioid addiction treatment that I had worked so hard for.”
– Judy Rummler