Co-presented in the TOWN HALL FUTURE OF HEALTH Lecture Series with Bastyr University and PCC Natural Markets. Dr. Gabor Maté has for the past twelve years served as the staff physician at the Portland Hotel Society in Vancouver's Downtown EastsideNorth America's only supervised, safe injection harm reduction site. His patients are "challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness, homelessness and HIVsometimes all four." His approach to understanding addiction, as a continuum running throughout society, and as a "complex interplay among personal history, emotional and neurological development, brain chemistry, and the drugs and behaviors of addiction" is the subject of his book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction (a new, revised U.S. edition, North Atlantic Books). "Maté's resonant, unflinching analysis of addiction today shatters the assumptions underlying our War on Drugs." - Norman Stamper. "Gabor Maté's connectionsbetween the intensely personal and the global, the spiritual and the medical, the psychological and the politicalare bold, wise, and deeply moral." - Naomi Klein. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., in advance via www.brownpapertickets.com (or 1-800-838-3006). Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca). Preferred seating for Town Hall members. For more information, please call Elliott Bay at (206) 624-6600, Town Hall at (206) 652-4255, or see www.townhallseattle.org.