International Overdose Awareness Day

RS EDEN partnered with the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation and others to support International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2016. The event was held in the courtyard of the US Federal Courthouse in downtown Minneapolis. Speakers at the event included US Attorney Andy Luger, US Senator Amy Klobuchar, MN Senator Christine Eaton, MN Representative Dave Baker, Lexi Reed Holtum (Executive Director Steve Rummler Hope Foundation) and community members impacted by the epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths.

Lexi Reed Holtum, Steve Rummler Hope Foundation Executive Director, said that the event’s high-profile speakers send a signal that state and national leaders are taking the opioid addiction crisis seriously. “The number one reason why people are dying is because there is still a perception out there that, ‘This is not going to happen to my family,’” Holtum said. “The reality is this a doctor-created epidemic. These deaths are happening in every single socioeconomic class in the country. It doesn’t matter what ethnicity you are. It doesn’t matter how educated you are. People are getting addicted and dying.”

Read the article in MINNPOST.

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