The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that people addicted to opioids and other drugs are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because opioids impact respiratory and pulmonary health.
Jules Netherland, a research director at the Drug Policy Alliance said, “The new CDC data confirms our fears that COVID-19 is exacerbating the already devastating overdose crisis.”
That’s why Pedal4Life continues to do what we do best: support those in recovery. Between June and September 2020, more than 15 patients at the Banyan Treatment Center Chicago participated in our Pathway2Home program, learning to live healthier amid COVID-19.
WHAT WE DO
Pedal4Life engages those recovering from opiate and other substance addictions in experiencing the physical, social, and emotional benefits of recreational bicycling.
We do this by inviting veterans, who have already used bicycling to help them succeed with their own recovery, to mentor and inspire civilians in drug treatment facilities.
Our 6-week Pathway2Home program helps those in recovery to live productive and fulfilling lives.
WHY WE DO IT
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that nearly 21.5 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). More than 1.2 million of them are veterans.
About 2.1 SUD’s are related to prescription opioid pain medications with an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin.
The smallest number is the scariest. Drug treatment centers in the U.S. have the capacity to treat only 20% of those who need help.
Helping those in recovery to avoid relapse is imperative to keeping treatment center beds available for other patients. That could be someone you love, or someone you know who loves someone at risk. You can help!
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