Answer: some really cool flyers on how to properly inject heroin. Click the link and read the flyer from the New York Post. Here are some highlights:
“The 16-page pamphlet features seven comics-like illustrations and offers dope fiends such useful advice as “Warm your body (jump up and down) to show your veins,” and “Find the vein before you try to inject.”
It even encourages addicts to keep jabbing if their needles miss the mark.
“If you don’t ‘register,’ pull out and try again,” it says.
This certainly takes the common saying “Well, if they are going to do it any way”, and puts a new spin on it. I’ll let the chair of the council’s public safety committee, and the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration who are quoted in the article, take it from here:
“It concerns me that the city would produce a how-to on using drugs,” Gilbride said. “Heroin is extremely potent. You may only get the chance to use it once. To suggest there is a method of using that alleviates the dangers, that’s very disturbing.”
Vallone, who chairs the council’s public safety committee, vowed to shut down the distribution of the pamphlet.
“This is a tremendous misuse of city funds, and I’m going to see what I can do to stop it. It sends a message to our youth: give it a try,” he fumed.
Ok, just to be fair, it does mention that there is some sound advice in the pamphlet.
It stresses the importance of kicking the habit, seeking professional help and not sharing needles.
That does appear to be all that the article mentions on “sound advice”. Can’t argue with that. 16 pages in the pamphlet and “sound advice” gets a couple of sentences?
The quote of the day belongs to Daliah Heller, assistant commissioner for the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment.
Asked why the handout tells people how to shoot up, Heller said, “From a health perspective, there is a less harmful way to inject yourself.”
The most irritating thing about this is that tax payer dollars are going towards the education on the proper way to administer drugs intravenously. The pamphlet is draped under the assumption that there is a safe way to dope yourself with heroin, or any other drug. I don’t care if you live under the fairy tale land that thinks we must provide education on how to do these kinds of things “safely”. Welcome to the real world where I don’t want my tax money providing this type of education or service. And neither do most other sane people.
Thirty-two thousand dollars. Couldn’t they have purchased a few trees for the city? Bought some food for those in need. Made up some flyer’s with some pictures of before and after drug users. The before and after Meth ones here in Wisconsin scare the crud out of me. Not that I think they stop a whole lot of people from using, but it would have been money a little better spent. Maybe?
Props to JammieWearingFool blog for alerting me to this.
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