Flashback to February 2022. Jen Psaki is still White House press secretary and adamantly denying that “harm reduction” organizations are handing out crack pipes to addicts.
Here’s what The Drill Down reported at the time:
After word got out about a $30 million dollar program that would provide “harm reduction” organizations with “safe-smoking kits” to distribute to drug addicts, the press started digging, only to discover that the kits included crack pipes —and we were all paying for them.
This was all in the name of “racial equity,” of course.
Backlash was swift, with many GOP lawmakers introducing bills to put a stop to this nonsense; Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) introduced the HUNTER Act as a shot at Biden’s son. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the CRACK Act to prevent policies like this from being funded.
“[Crack pipes] were never a part of the kit, it was inaccurate reporting,” Psaki said at the time. “A safe smoking kit may contain alcohol swabs, lip balm, other materials to promote hygiene and reduce the transmission of diseases.”
That, of course, turned out to be a lie after the Free Beacon blew the story wide open.
It was a huge story and a white flag from the Biden Administration in the fight against drugs. No longer were they focused on getting addicts clean —they shifted focus on efforts to make drug paraphernalia easy to acquire in America’s major cities.
And now, New York City is taking it a step further with crack pipe vending machines.
The New York Post editorial board absolutely torched New York City Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan and his cohorts for putting crack pipes (and more) in a city vending machine.
From The New York Post:
In a fresh move to enable addiction, city Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan just unveiled a vending machine that dispenses free Narcan and drug-test strips — along with “safe-smoking” pipes, condoms, tampons, nicotine gum, first-aid kits and even lip balm.
Start the countdown to the day free syringes get added.
The pretense is that this will slow or stop the surge in overdose deaths, along with other grim side effects of deep addiction.
In fact, it will normalize and feed the plague, by pretending that “safe drug abuse” is a thing.
Get ready for obvious addicts to start trying to sell you condoms, nicotine gum and so on: Anything to buy another fix.
And they’re right. Normalizing addiction and pretending you can safely use drugs like heroin is a ridiculous stance to take —one that would have been laughed out of City Hall 20 years ago.
But this isn’t 20 years ago.
Surely there was a better way to use public funds than this.