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Free Beacon Investigates: Five cities, five free crack pipes

Patrick Hauf

May 12, 2022 5:00 am

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Crack pipes are distributed in safe-smoking kits up and down the East Coast, raising questions about the Biden administration's assertion that its multimillion-dollar harm reduction grant program wouldn't funnel taxpayer dollars to drug paraphernalia.

The findings are the result of Washington Free Beacon visits to five harm-reduction organizations and calls to over two dozen more. In fact, every organization we visited—facilities in Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond, Va.—included crack pipes in the kits.

The kits became the subject of national attention in the wake of a Free Beacon report in February indicating that a $30 million harm-reduction program was set to fund the distribution of free crack pipes in "safe-smoking kits." Pressed on the matter in a Feb. 9 press briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki issued a full-throated denial.

"They were never a part of the kit, it was inaccurate reporting," Psaki said of the pipes. "A safe smoking kit may contain alcohol swabs, lip balm, other materials to promote hygiene and reduce the transmission of diseases."

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Psaki says report of crack pipes in 'safe smoking kits' is a 'conspiracy theory'

"This policy does not allow for crack pipes to be included. I would just note that this is a bit of a conspiracy theory that's been spread out there. It's not accurate," said Psaki.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

May 13, 2022 11:35 AM

During Thursday’s White House press conference, outgoing Press Secretary Jen Psaki was pressed once again about the inclusion of crack pipes in safe smoking kits that are funded by Biden administration grants.

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