The Biden administration is sending $30 million in tax dollars to fund supplies for drug users including handing out supplies for crack pipe users, according to a report.
According to Breitbart News: “The Biden administration is spending $30 million on grants targeting ‘underserved communities’ to help substance abusers via overdose prevention programs, safe smoking kits/supplies, safe sex kits, test kits for fentanyl and other synthetic drugs, and more.”
The American Rescue Plan, which passed the Senate with a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris, provides the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funding to carry out the multimillion-dollar grant program.
The grant program references Biden’s executive order 13985 titled “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government” that he signed on his first day in office.
The program accepted applications from nonprofit organizations and local governments until Monday, with funds scheduled to be distributed in May. The federal government will give approved entities funds to make drug use safer and to advance “racial equality.” Applicants who treat drug users in “underserved communities” are prioritized to receive funding. “Underserved communities” refers to black, Latino, LGBTQ, and other minority groups who have been “adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.”
The Document explained: “The purpose of the program is to support community-based overdose prevention programs, syringe services programs, and other harm reduction services. Funding will be used to enhance overdose and other types of prevention activities to help control the spread of infectious diseases and the consequences of such diseases for individuals with, or at risk of developing substance use disorders.”
The administration pushed back on reports that the program would also supply drug users with new crack pipes.
The 2022 Harm Reduction Program Grant includes 20 requirements, of which safe smoking kits/supplies is one. After the grant received widespread attention, the Biden HHS put out a statement assuring that ” no federal funding will be used… to put pipes in safe smoking kits.” Distributing crack pipes is not, according to the grant application, a means of advancing racial equity. Rather, the grant’s application states it favors applicants in underserved communities, thus encouraging advancement of racial equity while reducing harm among the drug users. This story and headline have been updated to reflect these facts
Still, it is just more waste and abuse of our tax dollars.
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