How the Young Lords Brought the Revolution to Drug Treatment

How the Young Lords Brought the Revolution to Drug Treatment

In front of a wall filled with agitprop posters of Malcolm X, Mao Zedong, and Puerto Rican nationalist Lolita Lebrón, doctors stuck tiny needles into the ears of a woman going through heroin withdrawal. It was 1971 and they were demonstrating a new acupuncture treatment for addiction at a detox clinic at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. The woman, no older than 30, had a runny nose and watery eyes and shook with chills. But after the treatment, “you could see, immediately, her withdrawal symptoms receding,” said Mickey Melendez, 73.

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