Vancouver has been selling 25 cent crack pipes in vending machines for the past six months, but happily there’s a worthy cause behind the operation.
Installed by a local drug addiction outreach group, these vending machines directly target health risks associated with the sharing of chipped or broken pipes. The organization hopes that this approach can help reduce the spread of injury and HIV/AIDs among users.
According to CTV News, both machines were placed in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a neighborhood considered Canada’s poorest postal code.
Featuring a colorful polka-dot design, these vending machines are meant to drown out the stigma of drug addition and provide a sense of respect to addicts.
Though this initiative has been highly questioned by Canada’s conservative-led government, it could become an effective way to keep addicts safe, especially considering similar programs in the U.S. have shown positive results.