A Community’s Effort to Combat Drug Overdose


In an enlightening conversation with Michelle Loberg, we were given an inside look into a significant day of community action and awareness to address the opioid crisis. This event brought together volunteers and members from various backgrounds, all united by a common goal: to pack life-saving Naloxone kits. Michelle’s recount of the day sheds light on the logistics and emotions involved and highlights the collective effort and diverse perspectives that enrich this vital cause.

A Collective Effort

The day was marked by the participation of a dedicated group, including Michele Hein, Michelle Loberg, John Kingery, John Quincy, Paul Ostrow, and volunteers Kristen Ochry and Mikki Northuis. Their collaboration in packing 350 kits is a testament to the power of community engagement in tackling public health crises. Each individual brought unique strengths and experiences, creating a dynamic and effective team.


Insights from Recovery

A significant aspect of the day was the involvement of Ashley and Dan, both of whom are navigating their recovery paths. Their presence and openness in sharing their journeys provided invaluable insights into the challenges faced by those struggling with addiction. This interaction underscored the importance of including voices from diverse experiences in the fight against drug addiction, enriching the conversation and approach to solutions.

The Financial Hurdle

The event also highlighted the financial challenges in accessing Narcan, a nasal spray form of Naloxone, which is considerably more expensive than the injectable version. Despite these costs, the organization is committed to ensuring these kits reach those in need, emphasizing the ongoing need for support and funding to make these life-saving tools widely available.

Contents of overdose prevention kit

Educational Impact

Beyond packing kits, the day served as an educational opportunity, with volunteers learning how to administer both forms of Naloxone. This knowledge is crucial, empowering individuals to act effectively in emergency situations. The day’s activities also touched on the importance of fentanyl test strips, a critical tool in preventing overdose, though they were not included in that day’s kits.

Personal Connections

Michelle Loberg’s connection to the cause, through the loss of her son to fentanyl poisoning, adds a deeply emotional layer to the narrative. Her reflections on the day’s activities and the potential impact of each kit packed highlight the human aspect of the opioid crisis and the profound difference that community efforts can make.

The Legacy of Compassion

The conversation also brought up Steve’s Law, a Good Samaritan Law inspired by the tragic loss of Steve Rummler. This legislation encourages individuals to seek help in overdose situations without fear of legal repercussions, representing a significant step forward in saving lives.

Overdose prevention kits

A Commitment to Continue

The day concluded with a renewed commitment to continue these efforts, with plans to organize more packing events in the future. The organization’s work in distributing kits across the state, supported by grants and donations, stands as a beacon of hope and a call to action for broader community involvement.


The recounting of this day of action by Michelle Loberg and the participation of a diverse group of volunteers and board members highlight the collective fight against the opioid crisis. It’s a powerful reminder of the impact of community, education, and empathy in addressing public health challenges. As we reflect on the stories and efforts shared, let us be motivated to support, engage, and contribute to the life-saving initiatives within our communities.

The Fentanyl Free Communities Foundation highlights content related to the Fentanyl crisis. We are sharing these stories as part of our educational efforts. We are committed to raising awareness and positively impacting the fight against fentanyl poisoning in our communities.

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