OTTAWA - The Health Minister Rona Ambrose says drug addiction efforts should focus on recovery, not "encouraging" drug use through crack pipe vending machines.Follow @Canoe
Ambrose weighed in Monday on the merits of distributing crack pipes through vending machines after reports surfaced that a drug counselling centre in Vancouver had installed two of the machines.
"Our government supports drug treatment and recovery that is focused on ending drug use," Ambrose said in a statement. "We will continue to work together to support programs that focus on ending drug use in a safe way, not encouraging crack pipe vending machines."
The Portland Hotel Society operates the Drug Users Resource Centre (DURC) in Vancouver, which offers a needle exchange and more recently, two vending machines that dispense crack pipes for 25 cents each. Addicts have bought roughly 20,000 so far.