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Canadian government responds to “increases in requests for crack smoking supplies”

In the words of Mark Steyn, about “the historic bipartisan resolution of the debt crisis in Washington”:  “Suddenly it all makes sense.”

According to Wikipedia, Vancouver proper has about the same population as Johnson County, KS, and the metropolitan population is similar to Greater Kansas City, MO.

The headline in The Vancouver Sun:  “Vancouver Coastal Health to hand out $50,000 worth of crack pipes.”

A kit with a clean, unused pipe, mouthpiece, filter and condoms will be handed out to the participants, Gustafson said. It’s not known at this time how many drug users will take part in the pilot, which is estimated to cost between $50,000 and $60,000.

“There’s quite a high prevalence of [people] smoking crack but it can differ from city to city,” B.C. medical health officer Dr. Perry Kendall.

He said the pilot should help to reduce transmission rates for disease, particularly for hepatitis C, which continues to be on the rise in Vancouver. About 60 per cent to 80 per cent of drug users in Vancouver have the disease or at risk of getting it, he said, because it’s easily spread through blood or saliva or through sexual activity.

The pilot was initiated partly because of a report by Kendall last spring, which found a rise in crack cocaine smoking has been consistently reported in the Downtown Eastside with increases in requests for crack smoking supplies.

“Safer crack cocaine smoking among those who use this substance needs to be encouraged, and crack cocaine smokers need to be engaged, by including crack pipes with available harm reduction supplies and establishing supervised inhalation sites,” the report said.

Across Canada, only a handful of cities, including Calgary and Winnipeg, hand out crack pipes.

 

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Connect with Benjamin Hodge at FacebookTwitterLinkedInThe Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas.  He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011.  His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters,the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRAKansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

 


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