Rounding out the symposium, Cope Moyer gave an emotionally charged accounting of his final moments before moving into a 22-year recovery from addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol and the issues Chicago and the rest of the country face dealing with epidemic opiate addiction. “I’m here to talk today about the power of addiction and the promise and possibility of recovery,” said Cope Moyer, later adding, “I am proof that addiction does not discriminate but I’m also proof that recovery does. For the most part those of us who get access to care more than once are those who have insurance or money in our pockets and come from families who don’t give up on us…yet addiction impacts all of us in Chicago whether you’re from one of the [poorest] communities or live on the Gold Coast.” The Heroin HIGHway: Road to Recover Tour delves into the epidemic, covering everything from how heroin is produced and distributed to treatment center recovery programs and resources.
“[T]our participants gain a greater knowledge of these topics, have a chance to hear those who are making a difference in their field, and [become] actively involved in addressing the challenges and opportunities present in our city and in their own lives.”
Cho summed up the event by saying, “Our 2016 season tours reflect the diversity of civic, social, political, artistic, historical, and medical issues that are not only directly relevant to citizens of Chicago, but that also have statewide, national, and even international impact.” Cho went on to add that she hopes, “tour participants gain a greater knowledge of these topics, have a chance to hear those who are making a difference in their field, and becoming actively involved in addressing the challenges and opportunities present in our city and in their own lives.”
Please visit knowyourchicago.org/tours or call 773-702-1727 to register for the upcoming tours.