SALT LAKE CITY — Some 15-17 million people in the country are battling addiction and 25 million are in recovery.
Pro cyclists and brothers, Cullen and Griffin Easter, have a dream of combining their passion of riding a bike with rehab for those battling addiction.
The Salt Lake City residents created OpiCure, a nonprofit organization striving to end the cycle of human suffering from opioid addiction through riding the bike.
It all begins with community weekly rides for patients, as well as, people who have been affected by this problem, know someone that has been affected or has lost someone to addiction. They can come together every week and know they have support. The community ride will lead up to an awareness ride, with a finish line with live music, to celebrate sobriety or any milestone along the way.
Dr. Paula Cook, an addiction medicine physician, says anyone can connect to the bike, and that physical activity is proven to help those in recovery. The OpiCure team has partnered with Brighton Recovery Center and the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah to begin funding the community and awareness rides.
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