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City Installs Crack Pipe Vending Machines to Curb Disease Spread

Feb 10th 2014 at 8:42 PM

A Canadian non-profit has installed the country's first-ever crack pipe vending machines in Vancouver in an effort to prevent the spread of disease, Fox News reports.

According to CTV, the vending machines allow drug users to purchase as many Pyrex crack pipes as they need for a quarter each — a move proponents of the idea say will curb rates of diseases spread by shared drug paraphernalia.

The two vending machines were installed by the non-profit Portland Hotel Society's Drug Users Resource Center (DURC) in Vancouver's Washington Market.

"They don't run the risk of then sharing pipes, or pipes that are chipped or broken," Kailin See, director of the DURC, told CTV. "Everything from flu, colds, cold sores, HIV: If you cut your lip on a pipe that someone else has been using, there are risks there."

The machines are designed to create a conversation about the positive benefits of harm reduction.

"This is one piece of the larger puzzle," See told CTV. "You have to have treatment, you have to have detox, you have to have safe spaces to use your drugs of choice and you have to have safe and clean supplies."

While the Canadian federal government has resisted harm reduction methods like this one in the past, the vending machines were allowed under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

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