Biden admin to provide ‘safe smoking kits’ to drug addicts, citing ‘racial equity’ to justify funding

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Update: The Department of Health and Human Services has not specified the contents of the “safe smoking kits/supplies.” The use of “crack pipe” was inferred by reporters who reviewed the original Harm Reduction Program Grant document. Similar harm reduction “safe smoking kits” like those seen in Canada list “shatterproof pyrex pipes” as one of the contents.

The Biden administration is planning on funding the distribution of crack pipes to drug addicts in underserved communities in the name of “advancing racial equity” via a $30 million grant program that will be implemented by nonprofits and local governments.

The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that the practice is included in the Department of Health and Human Services’ fiscal year 2022 Harm Reduction Program Grant program. The program describes in a document the crack pipe distribution plan as the dispersion of federal government funds for “smoking kits/supplies.”

A spokesman told the media outlet that the grant money will supply addicts with safer crack pipes for smoking crack cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, or “any illicit substance.” The spokesperson also justified the move by claiming the pipes will reduce users’ chances of becoming infected which is common among crack addicts.

An HHS spokesman refused to say what is included in the smoking kits. Similar distribution efforts have reportedly provided mouthpieces to prevent glass cuts, rubber bands to prevent burns, and filters to minimize the risk of disease.

Applications for the grant program closed on Monday. Funds will be given out beginning in May to nonprofit and local government recipients who will then start supplying addicts with pipes and supplies. Priority will be given to those who promise to use the funds in “underserved communities,” including those where there are large African-American and LGBTQ+ populations, as established under President Joe Biden’s executive order on “advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities.”

Biden’s order was meant to set in motion a purportedly “comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.”

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) tweeted on the absurdity of it all, “Last week, Biden talked about being tough on crime. This week, the Biden Admin announced funds for crack pipe distribution to ‘advance racial equity.'”

Another Twitter user pointed out the obvious: “The Biden Administration is advancing crack pipe distribution in the name of racial equity (which in an of itself is a racist AF statement) but they won’t let doctors prescribe you know the dewormer thing. The world has gone mad. Plain and simple.”

Other items that qualify for funding include “harm reduction vending machines,” infectious diseases testing kits, safe-sex kits, syringes, vaccination services, and wound care management supplies.

It’s estimated that there will be 25 awards of up to $400,000 each over the next three years via the program. It’s believed that Democratically-led large cities will be the big winners of the grants. San Francisco and Seattle already give smoking kits to residents but have shied away from such programs in recent years over concerns that they will enable drug users.

Sgt. Clyde Boatwright, who is the president of the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police, told the Washington Free Beacon that government resources should be used to prevent illegal drug use rather than making it safer.

“If we look at more of a preventive campaign as opposed to an enabling campaign, I think it will offer an opportunity to have safer communities with fewer people who are dependable on these substances,” he asserted.


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