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White House denies funding free crack pipes, calling it ‘a bit of a conspiracy theory’

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday denied that taxpayers’ money was being used to fund safe smoking kits that included crack pipes.

“No federal funding went to it,” Psaki said during his daily press briefing. “This policy does not allow crack pipes to be included.”

HHS SEC. BECERRA SAYS CRACK PIPES WILL NOT BE DISTRIBUTED USING FEDERAL FUNDS IN SMOKING KITS

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a daily press conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on April 29, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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“I would just like to note that it’s a bit of a conspiracy theory that has spread there,” she added. “That’s not accurate. There are major addiction treatment programs for people who have suffered from what we have seen as an epidemic across the country. And the money is not being used for the crack pipes.”

PSAKI’s response follows a Washington Free Beacon Report who found safe smoking kits, including crack pipes, at facilities in Boston, New York, Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Richmond, Virginia.

A pipe for crack use, a needle for heroin use and a pipe for meth use are displayed at the People's Harm Reduction Alliance, the nation's largest needle exchange program, in Seattle, Washington.

A pipe for crack use, a needle for heroin use and a pipe for meth use are displayed at the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, the nation’s largest needle exchange program, in Seattle, Washington.
(Photo taken April 30, 2015. To match Feature USA-DRUGS/SEATTLE REUTERS/David Ryder)

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said last month following a previous Free Beacon Report that crack pipes would not be included in its $30 million harm reduction grant program.

PSAKI claimed last month that the information was inaccurate and that crack pipes were never part of smoking kits, even though the Free Beacon quoted an HHS spokesperson who confirmed the kits would include pipes. allowing users to smoke crack, crystal meth and “any illicit substance.”