Protests of the closing of the Lincoln Detox Center
It’s the 1960’s, the Civil Rights Movement has gained momentum. Martin Luther King, Jr is marching to end Jim Crow. In the neighborhoods, the Black Panther Party for Self Defense is changing daily life in the streets. They organize to oppose police brutality, educate people of their rights, and create social programs, such as Free Breakfast for School Children. As a response, drugs were pumped into their communities.
Heroin addiction was quickly destroying people and their families. To combat this onslaught, the Black Panthers used acupuncture. In 1970, they took over the rundown Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx and turned it into the Lincoln Detox Center. Here they administered acupuncture to thousands of patients, successfully helping them with addiction, until a forced shut down in 1979 by an army of 200 police officers closed their doors.