Biden administration to fund programs that hand out crack pipes to prevent infection and promote ‘racial equity’
Applicants for the program get priority if they serve ‘underserved communities,’ such as African Americans or Native Americans, or LGBTQ people.
The $30 million grant program will distribute funds to nonprofits and local governments to make drug use safer and ‘advance racial equity’
Included in the grant is money to purchase ‘safe smoking kits/supplies’
A spokesperson for HHS said included in these kits could be pipes for users to smoke substances like crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine
HHS said that the kits will serve to limit the risk of infection – typically users smoke out of glass pipes which can lead to cuts and sores that become infected
Handing out pipes is also intended to prompt users to smoke rather than inject themselves with some substances, like meth, as injection is far riskier
It is against the law to sell or distribute drug paraphernalia – including such pipes – unless authorized by state, local or federal law