Group vying for more doctors to prescribe naloxone to combat opioid overdoses

- More doctors need to prescribe naloxone, the drug that reverses opioid overdoses, according to the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation. Lexi Reed Holtum, the executive director, says too many doctors still have a false fear that prescribing naloxone enables addiction.

“People with the disease of addiction are just as sick as someone who has heart disease, diabetes, or cancer,” Holtum told Fox 9.

Holtum’s fiancee, Steve Rummler, died of an opioid addiction; he developed the addiction after getting painkillers prescribed.

“There was nothing in Steve that wanted to die,” Holtum said. “There was nothing in Steve that wanted to continue down the path of this incomprehensible demoralization that comes with addiction.”

Holtum believes doctors too often re-prescribe opioids to patients who survived overdoses, while too seldom prescribing naloxone to addiction patients, and their friends and family. Naloxone can quickly reverse the effects of an overdose — and the drug itself is not addictive.

Steve’s Law, named after Steve Rummler, allows doctors to prescribe naloxone to third parties, and gives liability to people who call 911 to report an overdose.

The cost of naloxone is increasing; a kit with two doses is about $40-60 with insurance. The Hope Foundation provides free naloxone kits to hospitals, including the Hennepin County Medical Center.

“We’re starting to prescribe naloxone to a lot of these patients that we’re prescribing opioids to,” said Dr. JoAn Laes, who treats addiction patients. “I think it’s great we are able to have these kits because it does help spread the awareness of opioid addiction.”

Holtum said she hopes more hospitals follow the Hennepin County Medical Center, and provide more naloxone, or partner to receive kits from the Hope Foundation.

“We’re just at the very beginning, we’re at the very beginning of hospitals knowing this is an option,” Holtum said.

Naloxone training

The Steve Rumbler Hope Foundation provides naloxone training on the dates below. For more info, visit: http://steverummlerhopefoundation.org/events/month/

Wednesday, October 19th
Time: 11am - 1pm
Location: Lunds community room in Edina
3945 W 50th St, Edina, MN 55424

Thursday, November 3rd
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Lunds community room in Uptown
1450 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Thursday, November 17th
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Lunds community room in Saint Louis park
3777 Park Center Boulevard St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Thursday, December 1st
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Lunds community room in Uptown
1450 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55408

 


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