Hundreds of people attended Baltimore’s first Chemical Independence Day, an event that spotlighted local treatment clinics and provided free HIV testing, reports the Baltimore Sun. More than 40 were registered for inpatient or outpatient treatment, and a dozen received immediate medical attention. “From what I could see, it was a huge success,” said Adam Brickner, the new president of Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, who was in his third day on the job yesterday. Brickner came to Baltimore from Denver, where he ran the city office of drug strategies.
“We want to get it out in the community that we are making it happen,” said Michael Douglas, a former addict and chief of program operations at the nonprofit agency. Douglas offered immediate help to two men who said they wouldn’t be strong enough to wait another day for an appointment at a clinic.