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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Community Organizations Join Together to Prevent Overdoses During Super Bowl
MINNEAPOLIS (Feb 1, 2018) — The Steve Rummler HOPE Network is working alongside community organizations such as Valhalla Place, Lee’s Rig Hub, and the Rural Aids Action Network to develop overdose prevention protocol during Super Bowl LII.
With an event of this magnitude and the influx of people into the city of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Department of Human Services expect first responders to be preoccupied, so they’ve approached community nonprofits to lend a hand to ensure that communities have the resources to reverse an overdose.
The goal of this planning is to provide awareness of this issue and resources to avoid a greater loss of life due to the accidental opioid overdoses that are anticipated with large events. There is also increased risk for overdose with higher alcohol consumption during these celebrations.
The group will be providing naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medication, to first responders, volunteers and the public, free of charge. Volunteers, who are trained to reverse an overdose and equipped with naloxone, will be riding metro transit through the weekend wearing black hats reading “GOT NARCAN”.
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.
About the opioid Crisis
Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In 2016, there were 63,600 drug overdose deaths, over 65 percent of these overdoses were attributed to opioids. On average, 115 Americans lose their lives to an opioid overdose, roughly one person every 13 minutes. Last week, the Hennipen County Sheriff’s Department reported 162 opioid overdose deaths in 2017 in Hennepin County Alone. Almost a 50 percent increase in opioid-related deaths over the past two years.