No, this isn’t a joke, and yes, this is a real story. Biden and his administration are working on a funding scheme that would distribute crack pipe to people in underserved communities that are addicted to drugs. Why? All in the name of “racial equity,” of course.
The flabbergasting measure will be included in the DPHHS 2022 fiscal year Harm Reduction Grant Program. The crack pipe plan, which is described in the document, will use federal and government funds to help disperse “smoking kits/supplies.”
A spokesperson for the DPHHS department says that the program is exactly what you think, and there’s no mistake. The spokesperson says that the kits that are distributed will provide pipes for drug addicts that are safer to use when they are using crystal methamphetamine, crack cocaine, or any other illicit substance. This will apparently reduce the users’ chances of getting an infection, as glass pipes that are often used by those with addiction can often lead to sores, cuts, and ultimately, infections.
The grant program, which is worth a whopping $30 million, closed its applications on Monday and will start providing these funds to local government and nonprofits starting in May of this year.
The applicants for the grant money are also going to be prioritized based on whether or not they will be using the funds in communities that are “underserved.” This includes communities with a large Black population, and those with high LGBTQ+ populations, per Biden’s executive order that aims at “advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities,” which Biden says will help provide a “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.”
Other equipment that meets the qualifications for the grant include kits that are designed to reduce harm, testing kits for infectious diseases, safe-sex kits, vaccination services, syringes, and wound care supplies.
Democrat cities like Seattle and San Francisco have tried running these types of programs before, but have backed off in recent years over fears that they were enabling users of drugs. Go figure.
Author: Sally Kent