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Free crack pipes? The truth behind the Biden administration’s safe smoking kit program

(WJW) – A program designed to help communities with those struggling with addiction is making headlines after a few media reported that the Biden administration was handing out free crack pipes.

According to FoxNewsthe Free Washington Beacon first reported that a spokesperson for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) told them that “the kits will provide pipes for users to smoke crack cocaine, crystal meth and” any illicit substance “”.

FOX News reports that, in a statement, HHS called the report “blatant disinformation.”

Instead, the to agree under Biden’s Executive Order 13985, titled “Promoting Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through the Federal Government,” is supposed to “support community-based overdose prevention programs, needle service programs, and other harm reduction services”.

Depending on the grant document, funding of up to $9,750,000 per year or $29,250,000
over three years was available to dozens of communities.

“The funding will be used to enhance overdose and other types of prevention activities to help control the spread of infectious diseases and the consequences of these diseases for people with or at risk of developing drug-related disorders. substance use (SUD), support the distribution of FDA-approved overdose reversal medications to those at risk of overdose, establish connections for those at risk or with an SUD for education, counseling and education about overdose, refer individuals for treatment for infectious diseases, such as HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and viral hepatitis, and encourage those individuals to take steps to reduce adverse effects on the personal and public health of substance use or abuse. “

According to information outlined in the program, some of the funding can be used to purchase supplies such as “safe smoking kits” and FDA-approved anti-overdose medications.

Communities selected for grants are expected to begin receiving funds in May.