Did you know?

Prescription painkiller overdoses have more than quadrupled in the past 20 years, killing 16,917 people in 2011 alone.

* sources:  CDC, July 2014

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

The FED UP! Rally on the Mall, followed by a march to the White House, in Washington D.C. on Sunday, September 28th, attracted outstanding speakers and a crowd of 2,000.  Foundation President Judy Rummler (in photo with speakers Marvin Seppala, M.D., of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Andrew Kolodny, M.D., of Physicians for Responsible Prescribing) serves as Chair of the FED UP! Coalition which sponsored the rally and the march.  The Coalition is calling for immediate federal action to end the nation's opioid epidemic.  Read more in an excellent article from the Washington Post.

On Friday September 12th the Foundation, in partnership with the Minnesota Medical Association, held the first in a series of lectures on pain and addiction to the medical students at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Marv Seppala, Chief Medical Officer at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, spoke to the students.  The lecture was filmed and will be posted on the Minnesota Medical Association website as free, enduring CME (Continuing Medical Education).  Dr. Charles Reznikoff, Foundation board member, has been primarily responsible for this effort to ensure that medical students, and physicians across the country, will have access to evidence-based training on the treatment of pain and addiction.  

Upcoming Events

Courageous Caregivers is a group for parents, family and concerned persons of loved ones who are struggling with opioid addiction and abuse.  Examples of Opioid abuse of narcotic pain pills include Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Opana, Perocet, Vicodin and the drug heroin.

While the unique focus of the group will be to support parents, family and concerned persons of loved ones struggling with opioid addiction and abuse, we recognize that other drugs, alcohol and co-occurring disorders may be included in the addiction process.

Interested in learning more or attending the group?

Please visit www.recoveringu.com/events or contact gloria@recoveringu.com or 612-866-1056 for details and location.