The Washington Free Beacon reports that the Biden administration will fund the distribution of crack pipes in the name of racial equity.
The crack pipes will come in the form of a $30 million grant program, starting in May “will provide funds to nonprofits and local governments to help make drug use safer for addicts.”
This includes smoking kits and supplies. A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said that the kits would be usable for smoking both meth and crack, and “any illicit substance.”
HHS writes that “Behavioral health equity refers to the right to access quality health care for all populations regardless of the individual’s race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or geographical location. This includes access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services for mental and substance use disorders.
“Advancing health equity involves ensuring that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. In conjunction with quality services, this involves addressing social determinants of health (SDOH), such as employment and housing stability, insurance status, proximity to services, culturally responsive care – all of which have an impact on behavioral health outcomes.
“The behavioral health disparity impact statement is in alignment with the expectations related to Executive Order 13985 ‘Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.'”
HHS also said that applicants for the grants are prioritized, and will treat a majority “of underserved communities.” This includes the LGBT community, as well as African Americans.
President of the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police, Sgt. Clyde Boatwright told the Beacon that preventative campaigns would be better for the community.
“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 said.
It is normally illegal under federal law to distribute drug paraphernalia.