Well, we never thought we’d see this coming.
There’s been some odd items put in vending machines before, but crackpipes definitely take the cake.
A vending machine located in downtown Vancouver has become the first to sell crackpipes, but their reasoning doesn’t seem too illogical, since it’s to try and help decrease the spread of HIV and hepatitis.
The Director of DURC stated:
‘For us this was about increasing access to safer inhalation supplies in Downtown Eastside,’
Apparently the pipes that the machine sells are a lot less likely to cut the mouths of the users, which will make it harder for diseases to spread.
The crackpipes are being sold at 25 cents a piece, and is apparently overseen by popular safe drug injecting website, Insite.
Apparently, every new HIV or hepatitis case can cost taxpayers up to $250,000 in treatment, so they see the 25 cents per pipe as much more reasonable.
article: Global Grind