HOPE Network offers training locally to help reverse overdoses

Published 8:12 am Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A local training will be offered on Tuesday, Sept. 19 that will educate citizens on how to administer naloxone, a treatment that can reverse an opioid overdose.

Anyone may take the training, which will be taught in two sessions: 1 to 2:30 p.m., or 7 to 8:30 p.m. Both are given at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 1600 West Oakland Ave., Austin.

A representative from the Steve Rummler HOPE Network will conduct the training. There is no charge, but a donation of $50 is requested. Those attending will receive a naloxone kit needed to administer a dose in case of an overdose.

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To pre-register, contact Chris Lukes, at clukes@charter.net

The Steve Rummler HOPE Network was founded in 2011 by Bill and Judy Rummler. Their son, Steve Rummler, died that year of an accidental opioid overdose after struggling with addiction brought on by efforts to manage his chronic pain, the result of a back injury.

The foundation’s Overdose Prevention Program grew out of the need for implementation of Steve’s Law (Minnesota Good Samaritan/Naloxone legislation) that provides limited immunity to those who call 911 in good faith to save a life and allows first responders, law enforcement and trained lay people to administer naloxone, which can counteract the effects of an opioid overdose within minutes.