Canadian TV Channel CTV News ran a story reported on Saturday about crackpipe vending machines being placed in public space in downtown Vancouver. Crack users can now purchase a crack pipe that meets health and safety regulations for twenty five cents (crack cocaine not included). The idea is the clinically approved pipes will prevent the spread of diseases among drug users because they are less likely to injure a drug users mouth, which for people sharing a pipe spreads diseases like HIV and hepatitis C.
Picture: Canadian Crack Pipe Vending Machine. Source: CTV News
The vending machines are part of a project introduced by InSite, a controversial safe injection site located in Vancouvers poorest district.
The Canadian government supports the program and claims 800 people per day use the facility. InSite says that monitoring addicts saves lives and reduce overdoses.
Sounds great, now all the authorities have to do is find a way to stop users selling their arses for drug money.