A large aspect of this very expensive program that was started by the government includes the scheduled distribution of boxes or kits meant to help support the health of the patient. But what’s in these taxpayer-funded kits?
For one, there will be crack pipes in them. A spokesman from the agency has said that the kits will give pipes for people to smoke crystal methamphetamine, crack cocaine and “any illicit substance.”
Naturally, questions about this seemingly ridiculous program arose, which led to reporters asking WH Media Secretary Jen Psaki about the Biden Administration potentially providing and funding the crack pipes.
“They have never been a part of this kit,” Psaki falsely claimed in response. “It was an inaccurate report. We want to release information to make that clearer.” The reporter followed up with a question asking what a “safe smoking kit” contains, to which Psaki responded that it “might contain lip balm, alcohol swabs and other materials to help promote better hygiene and lower the transmission of diseases like hepatitis and HIV.”
Psaki then started to defend the aforementioned grant, stating “I would note that what we are really talking about here is steps that we are taking as a federal government to help address the opioid epidemic, which is causing tens of thousands of American deaths, if not more. We released the statement though, because there was some inaccurate information floating around—I should say HHS released the statement—because there was some inaccurate information floating around out there and we wanted to give clarification on what the allowable uses were for the HHS Harm Reduction Program.”
She further added that “It is not a policy change. This program is more focused on strategies that reduce harm, which include prioritizing the clean syringes and fentanyl test strips. And every one of these services that will reduce harm that will be aided by these programs are meant to save more lives from an epidemic that we all know is devastating to communities throughout the country.”
Psaki also stated that providing an easy means to take hardcore drugs helps with lowering harmful drug use and deaths. “We do know they save lives,” she claimed later.
Patrick Hauf replied to Psaki’s false allegations of the news story being untrue, saying that the media outlet “confirmed the news story with the HHS, provided some context on the grant program beyond the crack pipes, and had described how the ‘smoking kits’ have been used elsewhere.”
“HHS panicked after the story was released and claimed it was ‘misinformation.’ Then the fact checks came. Then the social media labels came.”
“So now,” Hauf said online, “the federal government is denying that pipes are in these ‘smoking kits.’ More than 48 hours after the story was released. I was told by HHS the kits are used to smoke crack.”