Steve Rummler HOPE Network

A nonprofit organization

$1,035 Raised by 13 Donors

Providing HOPE, Saving Lives, Breaking Down Stigma



According to the National Safety Council, your odds of dying in a motor-vehicle crash in the United States are 1 in 107. Your lifetime odds of dying from an opioid overdose are 1 in 92. Statistically, an accidental overdose poses more of a threat to you than a car, a motorcycle, or a plane, as drug overdose has been the leading cause of preventable death since 2013 — driven by the opioid epidemic. In 2020, opioids accounted for 75% of the 93,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States (CDC).


The Steve Rummler HOPE Network has worked tirelessly since 2011 to address the impact of the opioid epidemic. Our mission is to heighten awareness of the opioid crisis, address its impact on the physical and emotional burdens of addiction and chronic pain, and improve the associated care processes. We work to accomplish this through our three programs — Overdose Prevention, Education, and Advocacy. SRHN provides overdose rescue training and naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote, across the state of MN. Our organization is responsible for the passage of Steve’s Law in 2014 (MN’s Good Samaritan and Naloxone legislation) which allows laypersons to carry and administer naloxone and provides limited immunity to those who call 911 when witnessing an overdose.


2021 has been a challenging year for our fight against the opioid crisis:

  • There's a shortage of affordable naloxone. Our organization, and many others like us, rely on one pharmaceutical company to provide our naloxone at an affordable rate. Earlier in the year, this supplier halted production of naloxone due to manufacturing issues. Nonprofit groups are now having to pay as much as 15x what they normally do for intramuscular (IM) naloxone through new suppliers. We have distributed nearly 15,000 kits so far this year (each of our IM kits contains 3 vials of naloxone). This is more than any past year. With the need for naloxone greater than ever, we cannot afford to slow down due to budget constraints. Read more about the affordable naloxone shortage here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/08/11/naloxone-demand/
  • Opioid overdoses are on the rise. There were 93,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. last year, a 30 percent jump compared to 2019. Over 69,000 of these were opioid-related. This was the largest rise in overdose deaths in a 12-month period that we've ever seen.
  • Fatal overdoses are rising due to increased presence of fentanyl and other dangerous synthetic and illicit opioids in drug supplies. Last year in Minnesota, 4 out of every 5 opioid overdose deaths involved synthetic opioids (MDH).


Your generosity can help us to:

  • Get more naloxone in the community; making this life-saving resource as accessible as possible. This life-saving medication and training is needed now more than ever, especially at the community-level, where often witnesses to an overdose are the first responders.
  • Address the increase in overdoses due to synthetic opioids. The dangerous synthetic opioid, fentanyl, has increasingly been used to lace other drugs, including counterfeit pills often marketed to young or inexperienced users. With resources like fentanyl test strips (FTS) to test substances for the presence of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues, individuals can make informed decisions about their safety. SRHN provides FTS kits to treatment facilities, other organizations, and the public as well as important information on our FTS webpage. We seek to expand awareness and education surrounding fentanyl and fentanyl test strips.  
  • Develop more robust and accessible educational content for the community. SRHN hopes to expand our breadth of available community resources to include educational videos, animations, webpages, printed materials and more. Making high-level information on pain and substance use disorders accessible and available to all.
  • Build capacity to better serve our communities. With resources and tools like additional staff, and more support for initiatives outside of our main programming, Steve Rummler HOPE Network can make greater strides towards fulfilling its mission.


Together, we can continue our fight against the opioid epidemic and prevent overdose deaths. Thank you for your support!

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Organization name

Steve Rummler HOPE Network

other names

SRHN

Tax id (EIN)

45-2903444

Categories

Health Community Emergencies

Address

2233 University Ave W Suite 325
St. Paul, MN 55114

Phone

952 943 3937

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