San Francisco ‘Exploring’ Idea Of Giving Out Free Crack Pipes To Slow Spread Of HIV…

A man holds a crack pipe. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)
– Brows were raised and eyes rolled back when needle exchange programs were first implemented to stop the spread of disease. Giving away free and clean syringes to heroin users seemed preposterous to many. Now it is a common practice and almost universally accepted as a means to prevent the spread of HIV. Could the same happen with free crack pipes? Soon after our story was posted Friday, KPIX 5 received a flurry of phone calls and emails from city officials denouncing the idea to distribute the crack pipes.  Mayor Ed Lee was first with a statement, via an email from his spokesperson, Christine Falvey: “Mayor Lee is not aware of this exploration and is not supportive. There are many other HIV interventions that could and should be explored before ever considering this.” Barbara Garcia, Director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, elaborated in a phone call to KPIX 5. “This is a recommendation from a community group,” Garcia said. “And we get lots of different kinds of recommendations. That recommendation has not come to me. And I’m telling you that if it did, I would say ‘absolutely no, we are not going to distribute crack pipes.’ We have a lot of things to consider for those who are using crack for improving their health. And the distribution of crack pipes is not something I’m going to consider.” More
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5 Responses to San Francisco ‘Exploring’ Idea Of Giving Out Free Crack Pipes To Slow Spread Of HIV…

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  2. Jill says:

    Because that makes perfect sense.

  3. Heidi Rae says:

    I didn’t think HIV was spread from saliva or mouth to mouth exchange.

  4. cg says:

    Reblogged this on Catholic Glasses.

  5. Richard M Nixon (Deceased) says:

    Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

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