February 19, 2022

USA: Biden Mandate To Fund Crack Pipe Distribution To Advance ‘Racial Equity’. It's Fact NOT Misinformation. $30 Million Program Will Provide 'Smoking Kits' To Vulnerable Communities.

The Washington Free Beacon
written by Patrick Hauf
Monday February 7, 2022

The Biden administration is set to fund the distribution of crack pipes to drug addicts as part of its plan to advance "racial equity."

The $30 million grant program, which closed applications Monday and will begin in May, will provide funds to nonprofits and local governments to help make drug use safer for addicts. Included in the grant, which is overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, are funds for "smoking kits/supplies." A spokesman for the agency told the Washington Free Beacon that these kits will provide pipes for users to smoke crack cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, and "any illicit substance."

HHS said the kits aim to reduce the risk of infection when smoking substances with glass pipes, which can lead to infections through cuts and sores. Applicants for the grants are prioritized if they treat a majority of "underserved communities," including African Americans and "LGBTQ+ persons," as established under President Joe Biden's executive order on "advancing racial equity."

Democratic-run cities such as San Francisco and Seattle have distributed smoking kits to residents. Some local governments, however, have in recent years backed away from their smoking kit programs over concerns they enable drug abuse. Louisville, Ky., for example, allowed convenience stores to sell smoking kits but later banned them. Legislators in Maryland ditched their distribution plan after facing backlash from local law enforcement and African-American leaders.

Sgt. Clyde Boatwright, president of the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police, said government resources are better spent on preventing drug abuse rather than making it safer.

"If we look at more of a preventive campaign as opposed to an enabling campaign, I think it will offer an opportunity to have safer communities with fewer people who are dependable on these substances," Boatwright told the Free Beacon.

Funding for the "harm reduction" grant program is provided through Democrats' American Rescue Plan, which the Senate passed along party lines after Vice President Kamala Harris cast a tie-breaking vote. Other equipment that qualifies for funding include syringes, vaccinations, disease screenings, condoms, and fentanyl strips. The grant program will last three years and includes 25 awards of up to $400,000.

An HHS spokesman declined to specify what is included in the smoking kits. Similar distribution efforts provide mouthpieces to prevent glass cuts, rubber bands to prevent burns, and filters to minimize the risk of disease.

It is against federal law to distribute or sell drug paraphernalia unless authorized by the government.

President Biden's son Hunter is a longtime user of crack cocaine.

These are the same assholes who called us conspiracy theorists when we said Biden and the Democrats were going to FORCE everyone to get the covid vaccine in order to participate in society. Biden and the Democrats said it. We shared it. Then after backlash, Biden and the Democrats backtracked their statements. THEN MONTHS LATER BIDEN AND THE DEMOCRATS MANDATED THE COVID VACCINE TO EARN A LIVING IN AMERICA! That's what the Democrats do. They test the waters, pull back, then go ahead and do it. Smoking kits is clearly on record. They backtracked because of backlash. Democrat nonprofit organizations are pissed off they backtracked because they were expecting to receive million dollar grants that would include pipe distribution. (emphasis mine)
written by Kent Justice, Anchor/reporter and Nick Jones, Senior producer
Thursday February 10, 2022

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida’s two U.S. senators are moving quickly, filing a bill they call the CRACK Act.

The Cutting off Rampant Access to Crack Kits (CRACK) Act is legislation designed to prohibit the use of federal funds for distributing pipes. It comes in response to a White House plan aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic.

“This is insanity,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, says in a video he posted. “This isn’t even about Liberal (versus) Conservative any more. This is about crazy versus normal, insane versus common sense.”

Rubio posted the 30 second video denouncing the Biden administration, claiming the White House plan would send pipes into underserved communities.

“I know that sounds insane. I know that sounds too crazy to be true. They confirmed it yesterday. They call them smoking kits and they say it’s about equity,” Rubio says. “But they have in essence confirmed that they are going to be mailing and sending pipes that can be used to smoke crack and meth to underserved communities in America.”

Rubio doesn’t want taxpayer money used by nonprofit agencies without guardrails.

He and Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, and 14 others filed a bill to prohibit any money in the American Rescue Plan from purchasing, supplying, or distributing crack pipes or similar drug paraphernalia.

The Health and Human Services Department has a nearly $30-million plan called the Harm Reduction Program.

Critics claim it will distribute pipes or establish centers where addicts could legally use drugs that are otherwise illegal and use them under medical observation or care.

Is that true?

The White House says, no. ๐Ÿ‘ˆ[just like they said NO about vaccine mandate. (emphasis mine)]

We pulled the transcript of White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki in a briefing Tuesday.

She was asked if crack pipes were going to be part of the “safe smoking kits” in the program, and said, “They were never a part of the kit; it was inaccurate reporting. And we wanted to put out information to make that clear.”

When asked what was in the safe smoking kit, Biden’s spokesperson replied: “A safe smoking kit may contain alcohol swabs, lip balm, other materials to promote hygiene and reduce the transmission of diseases like HIV and hepatitis.”

She added, “I would note that what we’re really talking about here is steps that we’re taking as a federal government to address the opioid epidemic, which is killing tens of thousands -- if not more -- Americans every single day, week, month of the year.”

Psaki was then asked if the administration supports any effort to distribute drug paraphernalia, to which she responded: “The statement makes clear that we don’t support federal funding, indirect or direct, for pipes.”

Conservative lawmakers across the country have jumped on the claim about crack pipe distribution.

The Department of Health and Human Services denies the claim, calling it “blatant misinformation.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration wrote in a statement to Fox News that the Harm Reduction Grant is “a grant program designed to help Americans who are struggling with substance use stay health and safe, prevent overdose death, and find pathways into evidence-based treatments.”

The American Medical Association endorses harm-reduction measures like safe syringe exchanges and drug testing kits.
Kassandra Frederique, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, issued a response that the alliance said is to the “HHS and Office of National Drug Control Policy’s statement that they will no longer be allowing federal funding to go towards putting pipes in safer smoking supplies.” The response (in full here) reads in part:

Backtracking on providing critical evidence-based resources that could greatly improve the health of people who consume drugs through smoking is a huge missed opportunity that will disproportionately be felt in Black and Indigenous communities, especially as these communities have experienced some of the sharpest increases in overdose deaths involving fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine.”

It adds, “Harm reduction works to meet people where they are at, and keep people free of diseases and alive so they have a chance of recovery and healing. We applaud the Biden administration for the steps they have taken to advance harm reduction and advocate for the funding needed to supply needed resources and save lives, but they must stand firm against misinformation and continue the course to deploy all evidence-based solutions, including all forms of safer smoking supplies, to save lives now.”

Wednesday, the HHS sent out a release saying, “No federal funding will be used directly or through subsequent reimbursement of grantees to put pipes in safe smoking kits. The goal of harm reduction is to save lives.”

The need for something to fight back against the opioid epidemic is clear. Just under 7.5% of every overdose death in the country happens in Florida. The death rate for overdoses is 23% higher than the national rate.

To the question of does a White House plan to battle the opioid epidemic involve sending “smoking kits” that contain pipes into underserved communities? We rank this claim: “Be careful.”

Questions remain, including if the kits may have initially intended to include pipes or if they may include something not commonly referred to as a “crack pipe.”

As noted in a report by the Washington Post, on Wednesday, HHS did not answer a question from the Post about whether the kits could include glass stems.
I took the screenshots above from DrugPolicy.org website mentioned in the News4Jax article. DrugPolicy.org refers us to a University of Washington .pdf pamplet for more information about Safer Smoking Supplies and wouldn't you know it that would include glass stems and crack pipes used to inhale smoke.

I wasn't going to bother sharing this Biden crack pipe news. However, since Instagram revoked my ability to use their paid partnership label because they claim their fact-checkers declared I was spreading misinformation regarding THIS ISSUE. I'm now sharing how Instagram is punishing me below.  The Commie Democrats have taken away my ability to make money on Instagram. They forced me to delete a post making fun of President Joe Biden and his new crack pipe mandate that they find offensive. Fyi Instagram, Biden is not king. Biden and the Democrats disparage lifesaving cheap medicine Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine in order to push the profitable vaccine mandate for their big pharma buddies. But applaud handing out free crack pipes to drug addicted people of color and LGBT. That is NOT misinformation. It actually happened. Commie fact checkers can kiss my ass. And furthermore, NONE of my Instagram posts, nor any of my Globalawareness101 blog posts have been paid content. I volunteer MY TIME sharing information and inspiration with my followers. I have NEVER asked anyone for payment who I share a link for on my Globalawareness101 blog. That's my contribution to them to help bring them exposure and raise awareness about their cause or service that I believe in. Unlike the Commie fact checkers who get paid BY THE STATE to monitor any negative news about "the state". They are the Ministry of Truth that Orwell's warned us about in his book titled, 1984.(emphasis mine)



UPDATE 2/19/22 at 9:52pm: Added info below.
UPDATE 2/24/22 at 8:22pm: Added info below.

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