President Joe Biden’s administration is planning to facilitate drug use with a controversial policy agenda.
Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has accepted grant applications for a plan to fund the distribution of “safe smoking kits/supplies” complete with crack pipes. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Friday it’s considering opening “safe injection sites” where drug addicts can use heroin and other dangerous drugs in an environment supervised by medical professionals and without fear of arrest.
The crack pipe grant program will distribute $30 million to local governments and nonprofits in a purported attempt to make drug use safer with funds to begin distribution in May. HHS said it will provide “smoking kits/supplies” aimed at reducing the risks of infection associated with glass pipes.
In accordance with Biden’s executive order for “advancing racial equality,” grant money will be given to institutions that provide for the African American, Native American, and LGBT underserved communities.
Under the Trump administration, the DOJ successfully fought against opening a safe injection site in Philadelphia in 2021
But now the agency says it is “evaluating supervised consumption sites, including discussions with state and local regulators about appropriate guardrails for such sites, as part of an overall approach to harm reduction and public safety.”
Some Democrat-run cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and New York have already implemented safe injection sites and safe smoking programs.
Nearly 1,400 people have died from a drug overdose in San Francisco over the past two years. One newly opened safe drug use site in the city has only seen two people go to detox over the course of the 19 days, with roughly 220 users visiting the site daily.
Democratic San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared a state of emergency in the Tenderloin neighborhood in January due to excessive drug overdoses. Six hundred and fifty people died in the city of overdoses in 2021.