Maurice Abbey-Bey, Syringe Exchange Specialist
Email: maurice (at) hips.org
Maurice, affectionately known as Moe, is a Washington DC native who came to HIPS in 2013 as Secondary Exchange Peer Educator providing syringe access and support to his community. Maurice has watched HIPS grow in the community and has seen his own role grow within it as well. In and out of prison, jail, chaotic drug use, and substance abuse treatment since the age of 13, Maurice says that those years were when he realized he has to “reach the lowest depths before reaching the highest heights”. Today Maurice serves as HIPS’ full time Syringe Exchange Specialist, supervising HIPS mobile syringe exchange program, the linchpin of HIPS' street based services. Moe serves as the President of HIPS & Drug Policy Alliance IDU Health Working Group, The Chosen Few. The Chosen Few provides overdose education to HIPS' stakeholders both on site at HIPS and out in the community at various sites, trains HIPS clients, staff, and volunteers on how to administer Naloxone in the IDU community, and is cornerstone of the DC community. He greatly enjoys working hands on and using his easy and welcoming manner and drawing on his deep network of relationships to make Washington, DC a healthier and safer place to live. While not at HIPS, you can find Maurice at the dog park with his two Maltese puppies, Lily and Bear!