The Biden White House will soon pay for the distribution of crack pipes to people who are drug addicts in underserved places for the reason of “advancing racial equity,” as reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
The shocking measure is included in the HHS’ fiscal year 2022 Harm Lowering Program Grant program. In the program, the crack pipe plan is said to be as the giving of federal government funds for the slightly more anodyne “smoking supplies.”
But a spokesperson for the dept. recently said to the Washington Free Beacon that the funds will do exactly what the news headlines say.
The distributed kits will give safer pipes for drug addicts to make use of when they smoke cocaine, crystal meth, or “any illegal substance.” The spokesperson reportedly explained that the given pipes will lower users’ chances of getting infected. Glass pipes that are used by addicts can sometimes cause infection through sores and cuts.
The grant program, which is worth around $30 million, closed its applications this Monday and will start giving the money to local government recipients in May.
The Free Beacon said that applicants for the funds will be prioritized if they promise to make use of the money in “underserved communities,” places where there are large amounts of African-American populations, as created under President Biden’s executive order on “pushing racial equity and support for underserved towns.”
With the order, issued in Jan., Joe Biden set in motion a “comprehensive plan to push equity for all, including those of color and people who were historically underserved and adversely affected by inequality.”
The program has around $29,250,000 in available money and estimates 25 awards of $400,000 per award over the incoming three years.
The Free Beacon said that Dem-run cities like Seattle and San Francisco have similarly given smoking kits to people but have backed away from these programs in recent years over worries that they enable drug users.
Sgt. Clyde Boatwright, leader of the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police, said to the outlet government resources should be used to stop illegal drug instead of making it safer.
“If we try a more preventive campaign versus an enabling one, I think it will give us an opportunity to have safer communities with less people who are dependable on these drugs,” he argued.