Chefs and Restaurants

The Hospitality Industry Is in a Singular Position to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Caroline Hatchett

“It’s a terrifying experience,” says Robbie Baldwin, “thinking somebody’s going to die in your establishment.” 

Baldwin owns Scarlet, Honolulu’s largest nightclub, and one night in spring 2022, a woman collapsed inside the venue. Her friends carried her from Scarlet’s thronging interior out onto the sidewalk. Baldwin followed and asked if the woman had taken any drugs. They denied it. He checked the guest’s breathing and coloring. He...