And Only A Quarter: Crack Pipe Vending Machines Open For Business In Vancouver

February 13, 2014


This is one of the crack pipe vending machines installed by the non-profit Portland Hotel Society's Drug Users Resource Center in Vancouver, Canada. The hope is that the 25¢ Pyrex crack pipes will help prevent the spread of disease among drug users. I don't care if caring means sharing, I said get your own pipe.

People can have sores on their lips, and [get diseases] from cracked or broken pipes," Mark Townsend, an addictions worker with the Portland Hotel Society, told

Townsend said that although PHS would rather crack users choose to detox or go to rehab, they also want to provide users with clean equipment, so they don't get sick or potentially die. The machines, which are covered in colorful polka dots, are meant to create a conversation about the positive benefits of harm reduction.

Crack: it ruins lives. Not unlike my ex-girlfriend. She was probably like, twice as destructive as crack. She was like crack if crack only came in the form of a tornado. Everything in her path, just gone. But seriously, if you or someone you know is suffering due of drug use, you should really consider seeking help. Remember: it's better to lose a friend than a friend to lose their life. REAL TALK.

Keep going for a couple closeups.



Thanks to Big Sexy, who is so big and so sexy when I close my eyes all I can picture is a t-rex.

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