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Vancouver Runs Out of Free Crack Pipes

Health officials wildly underestimated the popularity of the city's controversial crack pipe exchange program.


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By Luke Walker


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In early December Vancouver Health Officials began dispensing free crack pipes to addicts as part of an initiative to prevent the spread of disease. Less than a month into the program, supplies have already begun to run short. The city began handing out the limited allocation of around 60,000 publicly-funded kits on December 6, and the supplies were initially intended to last for an eight-month period. The crack kit contains all the fixings, including shatterproof crack pipes, mouth guards, alcoholic swabs and pipe cleaners. The program is intended to reduce the use of shattered pipes, as the injuries than result from these can cause infections and spread disease.

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