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According to The Washington Free Beacon, so-called “safe smoking kits” recently obtained in five major US cities contained crack pipes and other paraphernalia for drug use.
The Beacon reportedly got kits from Boston, New York, Washington, DC, Baltimore and Richmond.
A few blocks from the Capitol and two elementary schools in Washington, DC, a harm reduction center reportedly offered pipes and other paraphernalia to a Beacon reporter that could be used to smoke crack cocaine and meth.
“They were never part of the kit, it was inaccurate reporting,” former White House press secretary Jen Psaki said of the story at the time. “A safe smoking kit may contain alcohol swabs, lip balm, other materials to promote hygiene and reduce disease transmission.”
The DC center, which formerly stood for Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS), did not respond to request for comment.
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Similar centers in other major cities offered similar devices and responses, according to the Beacon.
PSAKI responded to the Free Beacon story on Thursday, saying no taxpayer funds were used for the crack pipes.
“This policy does not allow crack pipes to be included,” Psaki said in response to a question from Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich during the White House press briefing. “I would just like to note that it’s a bit of a conspiracy theory that’s been spread there. It’s not accurate. There are significant addiction treatment programs for people who are suffering from what we’ve seen like an epidemic across the country,” PSAki mentioned.
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The Free Beacon originally quoted an HHS spokesperson who told the outlet that pipes provided in smoking kits would give users the ability to smoke “any illicit substance,” including crack cocaine and crystal meth. . The story also noted that existing smoking kit programs in cities such as San Francisco, Annapolis, and Seattle all include smoking pipes.
Neither HHS nor the White House immediately responded to Fox News’ request for comment.
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HHS spokeswoman Sarah Lovenheim told the Washington Post earlier this year that “the Biden-Harris administration has never authorized the use of federal funding for flues and will not do so in the future. “future. We haven’t approved any harm reduction grants yet, and no money for the program has ended.”
Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler tweeted the Free Beacon story, suggesting a show of support.
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