Dope Is Death

acupuncture-heals/ Dope Is Death is the story of how the Young Lords and Black Panther Party—two inner-city human rights activist groups— created the first acupuncture detoxification program in America. In 1973 the Lincoln Detox Acupuncture center was birthed from social and political movements sweeping the nation. These primarily minority-led human rights organizations, whose ideals and methods were often deemed radical by mainstream standards, were demanding affordable, quality community healthcare and social justice. This was especially true concerning the New York City heroin epidemic ravaging under served communities. Their drive to create a chemical-free detox program was in response to Nixon’s methadone maintenance programs. The government-funded clinics used methadone to curb the p...