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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Free Government Crack Pipes?

     Crack pipe distribution programs have been successful in Canada, said Laura Thomas, a member of the HIV Prevention Planning Council [HPPC), the group that recently suggested San Francisco consider a similar program. Why give out free crack pipes? Unlike used needles, which pierce the skin and can immediately infect someone who shares it, the sharing of crack pipes doesn't have that same likelihood of physical contamination of HIV.

     Instead, officials said, the main focus of this program would be as an outreach effort. Crack users are a population identified as a major risk to have HIV and they often become disconnected from medical services and stop taking their medicine. "It may seem counter intuitive, but it's a great program," says Thomas. "Once you can bring people into your program, make them feel respected, taken care of, then they're more likely to come back and get on HIV meds and want to be engaged and taking care of their health."… [What a load. These people are drug addicts.]

Daniel Greenfield, "San Francisco May Hand Out Free Crack Pipes," The Daily Caller, January 26, 2014 

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