BIKERS SHOW BEING DRUG-FREE IS COOL

More than 70 motorcyclists on every type of bike joined the Say No to Drugs Motorbike Rally to promote drug-free living to the residents of Bergamo, Italy.

Motorcyclists converge in northern Italy for the first Say No to Drugs Motorbike Rally.

Drug-Free World Italy held its first-ever Say No to Drugs Motorbike Rally, bringing together motorcycle enthusiasts from across northern Italy in a bid to promote living drug-free. The rally was held in Bergamo, an Alpine city northeast of Milano, and was sponsored by the mayors of the towns of Lovere and Sarnico in Bergamo and nearby towns of Sulzano and Iseo in the Brescia province.

The 74 motorcyclists gathered first in Sarnico, donned teal sports bibs promoting the drug-free message and toured the scenic Lake Iseo, visiting each of the sponsoring towns. At each town they were greeted by a Drug-Free World tent and booth, where locals received DFW booklets, and all were encouraged to sign the pledge to live drug-free.

Joining them at the start was Giacomo Agostini, a renowned world champion motorcycle road racer who has won the Grand Prix multiple times. At the end of the rally, in the village of Clusane d’Iseo, recognitions were given to key participants. Multiple media outlets, including Teleboario TV and L’Eco di Bergamo newspaper, spread the message to live drug-free still further. With 19 percent of Italian young adults using cannabis last year and cocaine as the next drug of choice, the drug-free message couldn’t be more relevant.

These motorcyclists proved to the locals and youth they contacted that the need for speed is better fulfilled sober and drug-free.


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FACTS

DRUG ABUSE AND ATHLETES

Drugs—from street drugs to steroids and painkillers to alcohol—destroy our athletes.

67

PERCENT

of competitive powerlifters have used anabolic steroids during their careers

52

PERCENT

of football players who play professionally in the US use opioids at some point in their careers

71

PERCENT

of those pro athletes who use opioids admit to misusing them

28

PERCENT

of college athletes used cannabis in the past year

207

MILLION

prescriptions were written for opioid painkillers in a single year, up from 76 million 8 years earlier


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