On June 7, 1967, the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic
opened in San Francisco.
Smith, M.D., the Journal of Psychedelic Drugs, which began as a house organ for the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic
of San Francisco, found its geographical locus rapidly expanding as the use of psychedelics and other psychoactive drugs (especially LSD and marijuana) spread throughout the nation and around the world.
The Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic
was founded in June of 1967 during the Summer of Love with the founding philosophy that "Health Care is a Right, Not a Privilege." The Clinic has served the uninsured, the homeless and the socioeconomically disenfranchised, including those with HIV/AIDS, a vast majority of whom have incomes well below the federal poverty line.
Abstract--Functioning at the epicenter of social and drug experimentation, the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic
and its larger entity, the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics (HAFC), founded by David E.
After opening of the drug treatment section of the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic, it soon became apparent that there were not sufficient inpatient resources in the San Francisco area to treat all the sedative-hypnotic dependent patients who needed treatment.
June 7, 1967 Opening of Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic June 16-18, 1967 Monterey International Pop Music Festival.
Based on the principle that "health care is a right, not a privilege," the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic
(HAFMC) was founded in response to the large number of drug-using youth who flocked to the San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district in 1967 for the "Summer of Love." The clinic's experience with this population led to the philosophy that "addiction is a disease--the addict has a right to be treated," and prompted the almost immediate expansion of clinic services to drug crisis intervention and detoxification.
Smith, M.D.: Founder, Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinics
; Past President, American Society of Addiction Medicine; and Chair, Adolescent Addiction Treatment, Newport Academy, Newport Beach, Ca.