Posted Feb 12, 2022 by Martin Armstrong
The controversy surrounding Biden’s crack pipe distribution plan has sent fact-checkers into a frenzy. Untrustworthy site Snopes, another leftist marketing tool, is labeling the story as “mostly false,” despite clear evidence to the contrary.
What's True In 2022, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services substance abuse harm reduction grant did require recipients to provide safer smoking kits to existing drug users. In distributing grants, priority would be given to applicants serving historically underserved communities. However... What's False This was just one of around 20 components of the grant program and far from its most prominent or important one, despite being the primary focus of outraged news reports. The purpose of the program was to reduce harm and the risk of infection among drug users, not to advance racial equity, although that was a secondary consideration.
The Snopes fact-checkers worsened their position by claiming that crack pipes are only “ one of several sub-components” within the kits. While the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported that the main aim is harm reduction, Snopes and other fact-checkers are now claiming that racial equality was not on the agenda. Yet, the fact-checkers put their foot in their mouth once again by stating that the program is designed to help “underserved communities.” By definition under E.O. 13985, underserved communities include:
“Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.”
Secretary Psaki is calling the issue “inaccurate reporting” despite clearly stating initially that the smoking kits would contain glass pipes. So yes, the Biden Administration is spending your tax dollars on drug paraphernalia and doing nothing to reform laws or rehabilitate addicts.
Tags: drug addiction, HHS, opiate crisis