London will soon join several other Canadian cities in providing drug
users with access to free crack pipes and the move has the city’s Chief
of Police expressing concern.
The proposal received unanimous support at Thursday night’s meeting of the Middlesex-London Board of Health.
Supporters of the plan argue limited availability of safe smoking
supplies makes a user more likely to share their paraphernalia,
increasing the risk of contracting diseases like HIV or Hepatitis C.
While London Police Chief Brad Duncan supports that aspect of the plan,
he has some reservations.
Even though city officials said “absolutely no,” activists with a
drug user advocacy group are moving forward with a plan to distribute
clean – and free – crack pipes to drug addicts in San Francisco anyway.
Lots of them.
Claiming that clean crack pipes can help prevent the spread of HIV
and hepatitis C – just as distributing clean heroin needles did –
activists with the “proud to be a drug user,” Urban Survivors Network,
will hand out 50 to 100 pipes a day starting in March, according to a report from KPIX 5, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco.