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WHAT WE DO
Pedal4Life is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.
We work with drug treatment centers to build bicycling into their patients’ recovery process. Working with veterans who ride bikes and one of the leading physicians tackling the problem of over–prescribing, Pedal4Life engages those recovering from opiate addiction in experiencing the physical, social, and emotional benefits of recreational bicycling.
Wounded veterans who work with us have already used bicycling to help recover from prescription drug overdose and addiction, and now get to mentor and inspire civilians in drug treatment facilities. Our programs also help family members to rebuild trust, love, and support with their loved ones coping with addiction.
Why We Do It
It is very difficult today not to know someone who is either directly suffering from, or impacted by, drug or alcohol addiction. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) nearly two million people suffer from Opioid Use Disorders (OUD’s) related to prescription opioid pain medications with an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin.
The CDC reports that drug overdoses are now the leading cause of unintentional deaths for Americans ages 25-64 – about 128 deaths each day. Of these, about 48 people die each day from prescription opioid drug overdose – more than 16,000 deaths a year.
More troubling, drug treatment centers in the U.S. have the capacity to treat only 20% of those who need help. Making sure those in recovery stay in recovery is imperative to keeping treatment center beds available for new patients. That could be someone you love, or someone you know who loves someone at risk. You can help!
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