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

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.  

Steve's law implementation is underway! First responders in Minnesota are being trained and are beginning to carry the life-saving, overdose-reversal drug naloxone.  Foundation Vice President Lexi Reed Holtum recently met with Dr. Paul Satterlee and the Coon Rapids Fire Department as they became prepared to save the lives of overdose victims.  This event was covered on CTN News.

Upcoming Events

Please join in a celebration of Recovery Month at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, Minnesota from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on September 17th sponsored by the Minnesota Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the MN Department of Human Services. This is a chance to view the award-winning film "The Anonymous People" and to hear Foundation Vice President Lexi Reed Holtum participate in a panel discussion about addiction and recovery.  See flyer for more details.

Please join us at the 2nd annual FED UP! Rally in Washington, D.C., on September 28th.  We expect thousands from all across the country to join our grassroots movement.  We will create one voice to raise awareness and call for federal action to end our nation's epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths.  Someone in our country is dying every 16 minutes of a drug overdose.  This is unacceptable!  Details are available on our flyer.  Registration is free and available at feduprally.eventbrite.com.