Mark Kinzly – The Dr. Andrew Weil Award for Achievement in the Field of Drug Education
This award is given to those involved in drug education who have promoted honest, science-based drug education in place of ineffective scare tactics based on myths and deceit.
Mark Kinzly has worked in the field of harm reduction and public health for the past 27 years, bringing innovative prevention/interventions to the drug-using and recovery community. He is currently a national trainer and consultant on issues related to substance use – ranging from HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C interventions, to the development of appropriate responses to the complexities of addiction, including housing, syringe exchange and overdose prevention. He is a peer recovery coach and a patient navigator for individuals in the medical care system.
Mr. Kinzly previously worked as a Research Associate at Yale University ’s School of Medicine/Public Health and as Coordinator and Project Manager of a number of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded studies. He initiated and ran syringe exchange programs in several states, including the New Haven syringe exchange, the first legal syringe exchange on the East Coast. He also previously worked and conducted trainings for the Corporation for Supportive Housing, a national organization that develops supportive housing for people who have struggled with addiction or mental health.
He is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Harm Reduction Coalition, while also serving as trainer and expert on the advisory boards for the North American Syringe Exchange Network. Mr. Kinzly is co-founder of the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative (TONI), brings overdose awareness and trainings to the state of Texas. He has trained in all areas of overdose prevention and education, including law enforcement, active drug users, family/friends of people who use opioids, medication-assisted recovery clinics, and educational institutions. He has the honor of being a member of the curriculum development team for overdose prevention and education for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). He has also served on the Community Advisory Committee and Executive Committee at Yale’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS.
Most importantly he is the proud father of Chase Michael Robert Kinzly and Jada Clay.