US overdose deaths are at a record high and yet our government is handing out free crack pipes and other drug paraphernalia.
The White House said safe smoking kits don’t have crack pipes in them.
So @FreeBeacon went out to see for our selves.
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) May 12, 2022
Free Beacon reporter @PatrickHauf tells Tucker about his work for the crack pipe story:
"Boston was the worst. I go there and there’s at least a dozen drug addicts walking around … they put me in a system for free. Walk in, walk out, get the crack pipe." pic.twitter.com/iXS9Mr7oUV
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) May 13, 2022
"This is a conspiracy theory being spread out there." pic.twitter.com/bWK8CfUaPY
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 12, 2022
HHS has a $30 million plan to fund existing smoking kits. Our reporting shows these kits contain crack and meth pipes.
HHS refuses to say how it will ensure pipes are not included in the kits. There is zero mention of this supposed “no pipe” policy in its grant program. https://t.co/TjBUjgEhS4
— Patrick Hauf (@PatrickHauf) May 12, 2022
Crack pipes are distributed in safe-smoking kits up and down the East Coast, raising questions about the Biden administration’s assertion that its multimillion-dollar harm reduction grant program wouldn’t funnel taxpayer dollars to drug paraphernalia.
The findings are the result of Washington Free Beacon visits to five harm-reduction organizations and calls to over two dozen more. In fact, every organization we visited—facilities in Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond, Va.—included crack pipes in the kits.
The kits became the subject of national attention in the wake of a Free Beacon report in February indicating that a $30 million harm-reduction program was set to fund the distribution of free crack pipes in “safe-smoking kits.” Pressed on the matter in a Feb. 9 press briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki issued a full-throated denial.
“They were never a part of the kit, it was inaccurate reporting,” Psaki said of the pipes. “A safe smoking kit may contain alcohol swabs, lip balm, other materials to promote hygiene and reduce the transmission of diseases.”
While the contents of safe-smoking kits vary from one organization to another—and while those from some organizations may not contain crack pipes—all of the organizations we visited made crack pipes as well as paraphernalia for the use of heroin, cocaine, and crystal methamphetamine readily available without requiring or offering rehabilitation services, suggesting that pipes are included in many if not most of the kits distributed across the country. All of the centers we visited are run by health-focused nonprofits and government agencies—the types of groups eligible to receive funding, starting this month, from the Biden administration’s $30 million grant program.
More than 107,600 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the highest annual death toll on record, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
Overdose deaths increased 15 percent in 2021, up from an estimated 93,655 fatalities the year prior, according to a report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which collects data on a range of health topics, including drug use.
I guess it’s nothing free crack pipes can’t solve!