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SAN ANTONIO**Editor’s note: This article has been supplemented with new information.

The Biden administration created a multi-million dollar grant program aimed at reducing the harm of drugs and saving lives.

Our KSAT Trust Index team received a question from a viewer asking if any of this money is for crack pipes. We originally marked this claim as “true” on our KSAT Trust Index, but now we’re saying “be careful” with this claim.

the Harm Reduction Program Grant provides $30 million in funding to prevent drug overdoses and help control the spread of infectious diseases. The money will go towards education, counselling, treatment and supplies. But after it was widely reported that some of the money could be used to pay for drug pipes, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and ONDCP Director Rahul Gupta released a statement Wednesday saying that “no federal funding will be used directly or through subsequent reimbursement to recipients to put pipes into safe smoking kits.”

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In addition to providing funding for prevention programs, education and counselling, here’s what the Harm Reduction Program grant says about what could be covered in efforts to reduce the harms of drug use :

  • Risk reduction vending machine(s), including machine stock;

  • Infectious disease screening kits (HIV, HBV, HCV, etc.);

  • locked boxes for medicines;

  • FDA-approved overdose reversal medication (as well as higher doses now FDA-approved);

  • Safer sex kits, including PrEP resources and condoms;

  • Safe smoking kits/supplies;

  • Screening for infectious diseases (HIV, sexually transmitted infections, viral hepatitis);

  • sharps and medication disposal kits;

  • Substance test kits, including test strips for fentanyl and other synthetic drugs;

  • syringes for preventing and controlling the spread of infectious diseases;

  • Vaccination services (vaccination against hepatitis A, hepatitis B); and

  • Wound care management supplies.

Some safe smoking kits provided by non-profit organizations include glass pipes used for smoking drugs.

A local nonprofit official said that although they have not received any federal government funding, these types of programs actually save lives.

“Less use, less burns, less disease spread. That’s what we’re trying to accomplish,” said Gavin Rogers, CEO of Corazón San Antonioa non-profit organization that provides support to marginalized and homeless people.

Rogers said clean needles, hoses and education are all evidence-based approaches that work.

“It’s critical. It’s (a) life-saving measure,” Rogers said. “A holistic harm reduction program isn’t just about needle exchanges and cooking kits. it’s about policy and advocacy, it’s about street outreach, it’s about case management and bringing people home, and it’s about peer recovery, counseling and education to educate these clients about safe use, but also ways and forms of recovery.

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Corazon San Antonio Harm Reduction Team consists of seven staff members.

“We received a wonderful grant through UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing,” Rogers said. “More programs (like these) and more money are needed to help clients, not just in Bexar County, but across Texas, who are struggling with drug addiction.”

According to US Department of Health and Human Servicesthe grant program will benefit non-profit organizations and local governments to make safer drug use for people struggling with addiction. It is also designed to prevent deaths and reduce the health risks associated with drug use.

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“Safe drains should prevent people from spreading other harmful diseases in the community and to other customers,” Rogers said. “So these safe smoking kits are designed (to help stop) the spread of harmful diseases.”

In a press releasethe White House said: “At a time when overdose deaths, primarily from illicitly manufactured synthetic drugs, have reached a recordthe Biden-Harris administration has taken steps in its drug policy priorities for the first year to dramatically expand access to evidence-based prevention, treatment, harm reduction and recovery support services, as well as to reduce the supply of illicit drugs like fentanyl.

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It is against the law to sell or distribute drug paraphernalia, but there is an exception if the government allows it. Ultimately, experts and community outreach workers said the aim was to help in the treatment and recovery of drug addicts.

Here is the full statement from Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Dr. Rahul Gupta:

“HHS and ONDCP are focused on using our resources intelligently to reduce harm and save lives. Accordingly, no federal funding will be used directly or through subsequent reimbursement to recipients to put pipes into safe smoking kits. The goal of harm reduction is to save lives. The administration is focused on a comprehensive strategy to stop the spread of drugs and curb addiction, including prioritizing the use of proven harm reduction strategies like providing naloxone, fentanyl test strips and clean needles, as well as taking decisive action to prosecute violent criminals. who traffic illicit drugs like fentanyl across our borders and into our communities. We will continue to work to fight the epidemic of addiction and overdose and ensure that our resources are used in the smartest and most efficient way.

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