Turns out there are crack pipes in those safe-smoking kits, after all.
According to an investigative report from the Washington Free Beacon, crack pipes are, in fact, distributed with safe-smoking kits at harm reduction organizations up and down the east coast —despite the Biden Administration’s insistence that wasn’t the case.
“They were never a part of the kit, it was inaccurate reporting,” White House press secretary Jen 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.”
…and crack pipes. According to the WFB:
“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.”
The WFB also blasted previous “fact-checkers” for a lack of due diligence while getting to the bottom of the crack pipe story.
“A USA Today headline asking, ‘What’s inside a safe smoking kit?’ answered: ‘No, it’s not a crack pipe.’ The outlet based its fact-check solely on the administration’s denial and does not appear to have done any additional research on safe smoking kits. The author, Michelle Shen, did not respond to a request for comment,” WFB reported.
In addition to the drug paraphernalia, some locations provided a “Authorized Harm Reduction Program Participant Card” that would, essentially, get drugs addicts out of trouble should they be arrested by police.
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer shared the story on Twitter:
“Heads up lazy ‘fact checkers.'”
Heads up lazy "fact checkers"
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) May 12, 2022