Portland Hotel Society’s Drug Users Resource Centre operates two of the machines. They dispense Pyrex crackpipes for just 25 cents.
“For us, this was about increasing access to safer inhalation supplies in the Downtown Eastside,” Kailin See, director of the DURC, told CTV Vancouver.
She said the pipes are very durable and less likely to chip and cut drug users’ mouths, which helps stop the spread communicable diseases including HIV and hepatitis C.
The vending machines are part of a harm-reduction strategy introduced by InSite, North America’s only medically supervised safe injection site.