The sidewalks on Boston have become an area of questionable safety as drug use and homelessness rise. Even surrounding the city government’s so-called harm reduction facility in South Boston, which exists to make drug use safe, has devolved into a lawless safe haven for addicts. Here they are free to inject dangerous drugs in plain sight of the city’s police force.
The city’s drug users congregate outside Access, Harm Reduction, Overdose Prevention, and Education (AHOPE). This is the Boston Public Health Commission’s harm reduction facility, to pick up free drug paraphernalia such as syringes and crack pipes. All of which is funded by Joe Biden’s administration.
At the time of this report the Washington Free Beacon reporters saw several users inject in front of the building. Even though an officer sat inside a parked police car. Bits and pieces of pipes, syringes, and drug capsules filled in the cracks in the sidewalk. Security guards at a next-door homeless shelter spoke with the reporters claiming that police monitor the area to counter violence—which erupts daily between addicts—but otherwise overlook public drug use.
“All the time—violence,” one security guard told the Free Beacon.
The disorder outside AHOPE provides a case study in how the Biden administration’s controversial harm reduction approach to drug policy can facilitate crime and dangerous drug abuse. The Department of Health and Human Services launched the nation’s first federal harm reduction program in May. Originally doling out $30 million in grants to organizations to distribute drug paraphernalia such as syringes and “smoking kits.” The kits often include crack pipes.
The White House claimed these funds would not go toward pipes, but several grant recipients distribute the drug supplies, according to a Free Beacon investigation.
Aside from clean pipes and syringes, harm reduction groups such as AHOPE also distribute fentanyl test strips, Narcan, and disease testing. These are intended to mitigate the health risks of drug abuse. However, security guards claim that outside the Boston harm reduction facility roughly a dozen drug users each day are rushed to the Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment after they show signs of an overdose.
One drug user said addicts naturally migrate there because of the free drug paraphernalia. The area is a formalized injection site, which is illegal under federal law. The Biden administration is preparing to declare such injection sites legal, according to the New York Times who reported in July, would allow people to use drugs with oversight from medical professionals to help prevent overdose deaths.
The Trump administration struck down an attempt to open an injection site in Philadelphia, but that decision is set to be overturned by the Justice Department. Injection sites currently operate in New York City.
During one visit to the harm reduction facility, police officers cleared all drug users off the street after declining to speak to a Free Beacon reporter. One of the security guards said that he had only seen police remove everyone from the area “a couple times” since he began working there this year.
“Police allow them to shoot up,” he said. “But not in front of buildings.”