Free Crack Pipe Program In San Francisco Hopes To Build On Initial Effort

CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Despite opposition from San Francisco officials, a program to provide free crack pipes to drug users has now distributed some 200 pipes since it began in March.

When news of the planned program came out in January, the very idea was met with widespread opposition by city leaders. Despite the city’s rejection, Urban Survivors Network has been handing out kits containing clean tubes and alcohol wipes since March, according to the paper.

Activists claim that the program has many of the same benefits of needle exchanges, essentially connecting users with services that could help them turn their lives around.

A report in the San Francisco Examiner that the crack pipe program was set to expand to St. James Infirmary at 1372 Mission St. was denied by a hospital representative Thursday.

Crack pipe distribution programs have been successful in Canada, said Laura Thomas, a member of the HIV Prevention Planning Council…

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