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Old 02-10-2014, 04:00 PM   #1
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vancouver keepin it classy...crack pipe vending machines

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They used to dispense sandwiches and candies but now these vending machines spit out crack pipes.

They’re found at two locations in the Downtown Eastside, at the Drug Users Resource Centre on East Cordova and Washington Market on East Hastings.

Much like the idea of giving out free needles, it’s hoped that by offering crack pipes for 25 cents apiece it will improve health and safety on the streets of the DTES.

“We’re not quite there yet with pipes, where we are with needles,” Kailin See, director of the DUR Centre said. “But to us, it’s all the same. We need to ensure people aren’t spreading diseases, and keeping people’s mouths and bodies as healthy as possible.”

Crack pipes can cost $5 or even more on the street, depending on availability and the desperation of the smoker.

That can put people, especially women, at risk, either trading sex or drugs for pipes or just generally putting them in harm’s way, See said.

Selling the Pyrex pipes, which are safer than regular glass, at cost serves another purpose: it saturates the market, therefore acting to drive down the price on the street.

“You can come in and get as many as you need,” See said. “For us, this is a health intervention and a safety intervention, through and through.”

Just as a kit is provided with clean needles, the crack pipes come with their own paraphernalia: Push sticks, Brillo, screen, mouthpiece and alcohol swabs.

The Centre has been distributing clean needles and crack pipes for ages, but the vending machine idea is six months old.

“There’s not a lot out there for smokers, and there needs to be,” See said. “I am not a health-care professional, but as I understand you can contract (Hepatitus, HIV, herpes) by sharing a pipe, especially if you have sores in your mouth or your pipe is chipped.

“So there’s blood, or there’s saliva, bodily fluids are exchanged, there’s risk. That’s primarily why we do this

“This is all about health care and keeping people safe.”

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lace crack pipes with Ricin, everyone in DTES dies, and our homeless problems are over.
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In a sense, addressing an issue rather than ignoring it, could be regarded as classy.
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Screw them crack heads.
I'm gonna buy all of them for 25 cents each and sell it to the crack heads for 10$.

All they ever do is break into people's cars and steal sh!t
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Maybe if they can buy their crack pipes they'll be less likely to break into cars and steal shit?

Its not a perfect solution but I see it doing more good than bad.
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Maybe if they can buy their crack pipes they'll be less likely to break into cars and steal shit?

Its not a perfect solution but I see it doing more good than bad.
Well.... They'd have to break into those same cars and steal shit just to buy the crack regardless. If I were a crackhead and I had money to buy crack, or a pipe, I'd buy the crack and reuse the pipe. SAVE YOUR MONEY!....... for crack.
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Sell them to the dealers.

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Maybe if they can buy their crack pipes they'll be less likely to break into cars and steal shit?

Its not a perfect solution but I see it doing more good than bad.
WRONG, they gonna break into cars more often now to get that damn quarter to buy that pipe, mane
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this is the dumbest shit ever.........i guess this is the Canadian government work lol
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The DTES is adult daycare, these cheap and safe crack pipes actually save the government money in the long term.
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aren't pipes reusable? It's not like a needle that'll go dull?
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The DTES is adult daycare, these cheap and safe crack pipes actually save the government money in the long term.
Saves them money and causes you a 300$ deductable every time they smash through your passenger window to steal a plastic coffee mug, 3$ in change, and a pack of gum. But hey! It's worth it! Now they'll only have to break into 5-6 cars to get the money they need to buy the crack, not 8-10 thanks to their 25cent pipe!

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Saves them money and causes you a 300$ deductable every time they smash through your passenger window to steal a plastic coffee mug, 3$ in change, and a pack of gum. But hey! It's worth it! Now they'll only have to break into 5-6 cars to get the money they need to buy the crack, not 8-10 thanks to their 25cent pipe!

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It is the cost of freedom... if we allowed the government to "disappear" addicts and other undesirables our society would quickly turn into something out of a horror novel...


My suggestion is to simply find legal ways to profit off people's vices so you can live in a nice neighborhood as to avoid the unwashed masses!
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I don't mind this idea. Their will never be an end to drug use. So lets make it safe rather than spread disease.
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It is the cost of freedom... if we allowed the government to "disappear" addicts and other undesirables our society would quickly turn into something out of a horror novel...


My suggestion is to simply find legal ways to profit off people's vices so you can live in a nice neighborhood as to avoid the unwashed masses!
Or our society would turn into a utopia

Making pipes that easily accessible is wrong. Some teenagers walk past it, get curious, figure why not...it's only 25cents. Grab a few, walk half a block to buy some crack thinking it'll be a cool 1 time thing....bam some parents now have a crack head for a son. What if it was your son/daughter? I'm sure a LOT of us had smoked cigarets or weed, done a rail of coke, or popped some E because it was readily accessible and they figured it would be a one time thing to do for fun with friends.
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Making pipes that easily accessible is wrong. Some teenagers walk past it, get curious, figure why not...it's only 25cents. Grab a few, walk half a block to buy some crack thinking it'll be a cool 1 time thing.
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I've had access to empty pen tubes since I was old enough to write, but it never made me think to go find a line of coke because I had a pen tube. Making the paraphernalia is not the same as making the drug readily available.
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I've had access to empty pen tubes since I was old enough to write, but it never made me think to go find a line of coke because I had a pen tube. Making the paraphernalia is not the same as making the drug readily available.

The drug is already readily available, now it's just made it even easier for someone to try for the first time since they can get a brand new never used pipe and try to use it for a 1 time deal but end up getting fucked
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You can smoke crack out of a lightbulb if you want. People didn't start doing more heroin because of the needle exchange.
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i think more people have a fear of shoving a needle into their arm than sticking a pipe in their mouth and inhaling. i like tattoo's, those don't phase me at all, but when i have to get my blood tests done i have to hold back my lip from calling the nurse a cunt lol

but oh well. i wont be buying any pipes, and for those that start to buy them to experiment, i hope they enjoy whatever comes from it, whether it be addiction, losing a job, house, etc. not my problem.
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Making pipes that easily accessible is wrong. Some teenagers walk past it, get curious, figure why not...it's only 25cents. Grab a few, walk half a block to buy some crack thinking it'll be a cool 1 time thing....bam some parents now have a crack head for a son. What if it was your son/daughter? I'm sure a LOT of us had smoked cigarets or weed, done a rail of coke, or popped some E because it was readily accessible and they figured it would be a one time thing to do for fun with friends.
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these parents you're all worried about are fucking idiots if their kid tries crack because there's a 25cent pipe vending machine. they failed as parents and the kid is likely a delinquent at that point.
if someone has access to crack and they want to use it. a pipe vending machine will have absolutely nothing to do with their ability to use that crack.

i hope you're trolling because your posts on this subject are so ignorant it's hard for me to take you seriously.
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Or our society would turn into a utopia

Making pipes that easily accessible is wrong. Some teenagers walk past it, get curious, figure why not...it's only 25cents. Grab a few, walk half a block to buy some crack thinking it'll be a cool 1 time thing....bam some parents now have a crack head for a son. What if it was your son/daughter?
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It's illegal for people under 19 to buy rolling papers. I can be fined 100k foe selling to minors and lose the right to sell any tobacco products. So why should they be able to sell crack pipes to minors? And yes I know you can smoke weed using a tin can or pages from the bible. It's B.S. that legal business have to follow the rules but anything goes in the DTES
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