‘Crack Pipes’ in White House’s ‘Safe Smoking Kits’ 

Kits obtained from five locations all contained crack pipes.

QUICK FACTS:
  • The White House’s Harm Reduction Grant program received $30 Million as part of a plan to help address the nation’s substance use and overdose epidemic. 
  • Questions about the program prompted a reporter from The Washington Free Beacon to visit five locations where the program was operating and received “safe smoking kits” from each location, all of which contained crack pipes.
  • The facilities visited by the Free Beacon in Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond, Va. all included crack pipes in the kits.
  • Outgoing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has repeatedly denied that any federal funding went to the distribution of the pipes when pressed at a briefing.
  • Psaki denied any funding went to crack pipes and said she hoped to remind reporters that this was a “conspiracy theory.”
TRACKING THE DRUG PARAPHERNALIA:
  • The Free Beacon previously questioned the White House’s program as part of a report in February.
  • Reporters asked if the program would include using tax dollars for the distribution of crack pipes on Feb. 9, and Psaki issued a full denial of the assertion: “They were never a part of the kit, it was inaccurate reporting,” Psaki said of the pipes. “A safe smoking kit may contain alcohol swabs, lip balm, other materials to promote hygiene and reduce the transmission of diseases.”
BACKGROUND: