Addiction Now: Safe Injection Facilities as a Public Health Strategy

Please join Open Society Institute–Baltimore, in collaboration with the New Day Campaign, for a discussion about how safe injection facilities reduce overdoses and increase access to treatment by allowing people who use drugs to inject opioids in a medical setting. How does this fit into a broader harm reduction strategy? What kind of public education and stigma reduction could make this solution more possible, less controversial?

Participants include Sarah Evans, a former coordinator of Vancouver’s Insite, North America’s first and only legal supervised drug injection facility; Dr. Greg Hobelmann, a physician at Baltimore’s Ashley Addiction Treatment; singer Simone Speed; author Clarence Brown; and clients of Powell Recovery Center, whose testimonials underscore the dangers of unsupervised drug use.

At the opening of the event, the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition will lead a 10-minute opioid overdose response training, after which attendees will receive a naloxone kit that makes it possible to save someone’s life from an opioid overdose.


  • Sarah Evans is a senior program manager with the Open Society Public Health Program and former coordinator of Vancouver’s Insite.
  • Dr. Greg Hobelmann is a physician at Baltimore’s Ashley Addiction Treatment.
  • Simone Speed is a singer. 
  • Clarence Brown is an author. 

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to attend.

Date: May 18, 2017
Time: 6:008:00 p.m.

Maryland Art Place, 218 W Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Clarence Brown, Sarah Evans, Greg Hobelmann, and Simone Speed