Now, as you know, I am a proponent for ending the sham of a war on drugs, legalizing them all and then taxing the hell out of the losers that use them. BUT, as long as they remain illegal, it is a complete and utter disgrace to use taxpayer monies in this manner:
"... The city spent $32,000 on 70,000 fliers that tell you how to shoot heroin, complete with detailed tips on prepping the dope and injecting it into your arm.
The Health Department handout has outraged New York's top drug prosecutors and abuse experts.
"It's basically step-by- step instruction on how to inject a poison," said John Gilbride, who heads the Drug Enforcement Administration's New York office.
"It's sick," said City Council member Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens)
"Foolish," said Columbia University drug researcher and treatment expert Dr. Herbert Kleber.
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." (source)
Over the past 5 months or so we've heard nightmarish stories of how money is being squandered by local and federal governments during this rough economic time...but a comic-style instruction book for junkies? ...wow.