(The Post Millennial) – The Biden administration has launched a plan to provide “smoking kits/supplies” to drug addicts in the name of “racial equity.”
The Washington Free Beacon reported that the $30 million grant program which includes the funds for “pipes for users to smoke crack cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, and ‘any illicit substance'” are being provided by the Department of Health and Human services to “underserved communities.”
This program will prioritize those in “underserved communities,” which includes black and “LGBTQ+ persons,” per Biden’s executive orders on “advancing racial equality.” The grant program will run for three years, and includes awards of $400,000 for 25 municipal applicants.
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.'”
“Harm reduction” equipment that will be facilitated through the program include: “Harm reduction vending machine(s), including stock for machines; Infectious diseases testing kits (HIV, HBV, HCV, etc.); Medication lock boxes; and FDA-approved overdose reversal medication (as well as higher dosages now approved by FDA).”
Also included are “safe sex kits,” “safe smoking kits/supplies,” infectious disease screening, as well as “Sharps disposal and medication disposal kits; Substance test kits, including test strips for fentanyl and other synthetic drugs; Syringes to prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases; Vaccination services (hepatitis A, hepatitis B vaccination); and Wound care management supplies.”
This program joins others that facilitate drug use by drug users by providing the means for them to use drugs. Safe injections sites have opened in many locations across the US.
The president of the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police spoke to the Free Beacon, saying that programs preventing, rather than facilitating, drug use would be of more use.
“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,” said Sgt. Clyde Boatwright.
President Biden’s son Hunter Biden reported in his own memoir that he was a longtime drug user, including partaking in crack cocaine use.
“The purpose of the program,” HHS writes, “is to support community-based overdose prevention programs, syringe services programs, and other harm reduction services.
“Funding will be used to enhance overdose and other types of prevention activities to help control the spread of infectious diseases and the consequences of such diseases for individuals with, or at risk of developing substance use disorders (SUD), support distribution of FDA-approved overdose reversal medication to individuals at risk of overdose, build connections for individuals at risk for, or with, a SUD to overdose education, counseling, and health education, refer individuals to treatment for infectious diseases, such as HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and viral hepatitis, and encourage such individuals to take steps to reduce the negative personal and public health impacts of substance use or misuse.
“This will include supporting capacity development to strengthen harm reduction programs as part of the continuum of care. Recipients will also establish processes, protocols, and mechanisms for referral to appropriate treatment and recovery support services. Grantees will also provide overdose prevention education to their target populations regarding the consumption of substances including but not limited to opioids and their synthetic analogs. Funds may also be used to help address the stigma often associated with risky behaviors and participation in harm reduction activities.”