1. Yes, this is a crack pipe vending machine.
Pictured at the Washington Store in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) neighbourhood, British Columbia February 11, 2014.
2. It holds 200 pipes and is restocked every five days.
3. It sells Pyrex crack pipes for 25 cents each.
4. Kailin See, director of the Drug Users Resource Centre, told CTV: “For us, this was about increasing access to safer inhalation supplies in the Downtown Eastside.”
5. Chipped pipes can cause everything from flu, colds and cold sores to HIV.
6. The initiative has been criticised by the Canadian government.
Steven Blaney, Canada’s minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, said: “Drug use damages the health of individuals and the safety of our communities. While the NDP and Liberals would prefer that doctors hand out heroin and needles to those suffering from addiction, this government supports treatment that ends drug use, including limiting access to drug paraphernalia by young people.”