Connecticut police to give out syringes, crack pipes to drug addicts: ‘Harm reduction kit’

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NEW HAVEN, CT- In the “you can’t make this stuff up” department, this is what happens when bureaucrats become chiefs of police. There was a time when police were to “protect and serve.” Nowadays, at least in the city of New Haven, CT, it’s far from that.

In what can only be described as emblematic of liberalism gone stark-raving mad, police in the Elm City will soon begin distributing “harm reduction kits.” Sounds like a noble gesture, right? Not so fast.

What exactly is a “harm reduction kit?” Why, it’s something to help people induce “harm” to their own bodies.

Yes, police in New Haven will begin giving out clean syringes and glass pipes to drug addicts, with the goal being to keep them alive until they commit to seeking treatment.

Seriously.

This begs the question. Is there a time limit on how long they have to seek treatment?

Connecticut police to give out syringes, crack pipes to drug addicts: 'Harm reduction kit'
New Haven “Harm Reduction Kit”

New Haven Police Chief Otoniel Reyes noted that officers seize and discard needles and pipes, among other paraphernalia when making an arrest.

However, when people are released from custody they turn to use “unsafe or unfamiliar equipment”, which places them at greater risk of overdosing or contracting HIV.

Try to follow along here.

Using “unfamiliar equipment” leads to overdosing.

Not using too much of the particular drug of choice. Because you know, desperate drug addicts will use whatever is available to fuel their habit.

One has to wonder why New Haven doesn’t take this to the next logical level, providing addicts with money so they can buy high quality stuff to lower their risk of getting lower grade, more dangerous drugs. I wouldn’t be surprised if somewhere some liberal lawmaker was actually considering this.

They could include the cash in their “harm reduction kits.”

The commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Miriam Delphin-Rittman said New Haven would be the first department in the state to distribute these kits. We’re sure that police chiefs far and wide throughout Connecticut are lining up to be the next to turn their police officers into addiction enhancement officers.

The kits will be offered to those discharged from the police lockup in New Haven.  They will also offer information about care options in the city, as well as sterilizing pads among other items.

The only thing that appears to be missing is a map of preferred drug dealing locations to buy quality stuff from reputable drug dealers.

People receiving the drug kits will be tracked by a unique code, consisting of the first letter and third letter of their first name, the first letter of their last name and their date of birth. People actually get paid by the State of Connecticut to come up with stuff like this.

But CT needs tolls, apparently. Go figure.

State officials are thrilled with the decision by New Haven to participate in this fiasco, as was the healthcare community, saying it is a “cutting-edge” (appropriate for cocaine users) attempt to aid those in need.

“Individuals released from incarceration, they’re vulnerable and vulnerable to overdose. Giving individuals harm reduction kits and tools to keep them safe will undoubtedly save lives,” said Delphin-Rittmon.

“It takes all of us working together to help people move into long-term recovery and deal with the challenges of addiction.

New Haven has shown, as a city, that they’re committed to addressing this crisis collaboratively, with a number of other community partners.”

Reyes and Lt. Nicholas Marcucio said that four dozen officers—those most likely to be assigned to the lockup—have received training about the thinking and logic behind the kits, as well as how to use Naloxone, which is a drug to reverse the symptoms of overdoses.

Robert Lawlor, a former New Haven police officer, helped develop the kits as part of the New Haven Overdose Response Task Force. He is now employed by the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.  

Lawlor said it took some time to come around to this method of addressing drug addiction. He said that he eventually came to the decision that officers are not just tasked with enforcing laws, but serving as caretakers for the community.

Noble enough, but let us take this to an absurd correlation.

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Connecticut police to give out syringes, crack pipes to drug addicts: 'Harm reduction kit'

It is illegal for someone under the age of eighteen to consume alcohol. But we know they are going to do it anyway. We also know that people who consume alcohol often drink, and then drive, causing fatalities.

Should police now, in order to serve as “caretakers for the community” provide “safe places” for young people to drink, and hey, we might as well provide them with “safe” choices so that they don’t go for 151 proof rum and die of alcohol poisoning.

Absurd? Absolutely. But no less absurd than providing drug paraphernalia to assist drug addicts in consuming their drug of choice.

What of the consequences if a police officer provides one of these “harm reduction kits” to an addict, who then gets in a car and mows down a family on the side of the road while driving high?

What is the liability of the police officer? What is the liability of the municipality?

You know damn well that some ambulance-chasing attorney will be all over something like this. And you also know that the city or town will launch that police officer right under the bus, like they always do.

As a 31-year-retired police officer with tons of contacts still in the field, I guarantee you that none of us got into the field of police work to be a half-assed version of Florence Nightingale by trying to help drug addicts in getting high.

It makes no sense.

Doing so flies in the face of what police officers are supposed to be doing. But this is what you get when you have political appointees elevating to the position of police chief.

#JASJW—Just Another Social Justice Warrior 

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