Crack pipe vendor wants feds to support treatment

(QMI Agency files)

(QMI Agency files)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:05 PM ET

OTTAWA – An addiction worker behind Canada’s first crack pipe vending machines has shot back at the government’s lack of support, saying if they “really cared about people, they would at least fund detox and treatment programs.”

Vancouver’s Drug Users Resource Centre (DURC) set up two vending machines that sell crack pipes for a quarter. They were installed six months ago but made headlines recently, prompting Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney to issue a swift and emphatic response.

“Drug use damages the health of individuals and the safety of our communities,” Blaney said in a statement. “This government supports treatment that ends drug use, including limiting access to drug paraphernalia by young people.”


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