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Congressman Erik Paulsen Apr 25, 2017
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Lexi Reed Holtum May 02, 2017
Steve Rummler Hope Foundation

The Steve Rummler Hope Foundation 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.

In 1996, Steve suffered a life-changing back injury and began a journey that would end tragically in 2011. He sought help from many medical and mental health professionals; however, he never received a treatable diagnosis for his back injury.  Steve became depressed and was treated with anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications (benzodiazepines).  In 2005, he was prescribed the narcotic painkiller OxyContin which finally offered him some pain relief.  By 2009, Steve had become addicted to his pain medications and his doctor encouraged him to get help.  Steve decided to go to the Pain Rehabilitation Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in January 2010, where he was tapered off of the painkillers and taught other tools for the management of his pain. However, by 2011, Steve had relapsed. Steve sought and found a doctor who prescribed narcotics and benzodiazepines in the quantities Steve requested. In April 2011 Steve agreed to go to the Hazelden Betty Ford Clinic in Center City, Minnesota to receive treatment for his addiction.

While Steve was at Hazelden, the doctor who in 2011 began prescribing his narcotic painkillers and diazepam (Valium) was under investigation by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.  In May, 2011, the Board took disciplinary action against this doctor’s license for “unprofessional and unethical conduct” and for “prescribing a drug for other than medically accepted purposes.”  The doctor surrendered his medical license and the Board agreed to “close its files in this matter.”

Steve relapsed shortly after returning home from Hazelden Betty Ford. He was able to pick up two months of refills for his Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) prescription, but eventually he ran out, had no doctor to go to, and became desperate for relief.  For the first and only time in his life, he sought out and purchased heroin. He used heroin one time; it killed him on July 1, 2011. His death certificate shows that the “immediate” cause of his death was “mixed drug toxicity (opiates and benzodiazepines)”.  The real cause of his death, however, was the disease of addiction.  After his death his family established The Steve Rummler Hope Foundation with the goal of helping others who suffer from chronic pain and the disease of addiction.

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In 1989, Jan was stricken with pneumococcal pneumonia, the same disease that killed Jim Henson, the creator of The Muppets, in 1990. First she started experiencing flu-like symptoms, but knew it was more serious when her fingers began to ache and the pain began to move through her body. She was taken via helicopter to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis where she was put on full life support. Her family was told that she would not survive. She was in a deep coma for one week and, since her spleen had been removed earlier, her resistance to infection was lowered. Due to lack of blood circulation, her limbs developed gangrene and needed to be amputated. Throughout the ordeal, Jan never considered giving up. The first eight month of 1990 were spent at Sister Kenny Institute where she learned how to use her prosthetic arms and legs. When she returned to Willmar, she continued her rehabilitation at Rice Hospital as an outpatient. Jan was a music teacher at the Willmar Community Christian School before her life-changing illness. She continued teaching music for two years, but since she was unable to play the piano, trumpet and guitar with prosthetics, she decided to return to college and earn a degree in speech communications. She also became an ordained minister for interdenominational churches. 

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