50 Cent is completely confused by recent misleading reports he’s been reading about the Biden administration’s approach to the addiction epidemic. Right-wing news outlets have been critical of a grant program that aims to reduce drug use on American streets. Such sources have framed the grant money as being earmarked to send free crack pipes to advance the cause of racial equality.

That is partially true. One proven method for tackling any drug problem is risk reduction. The 2022 Harm Reduction Program Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration takes a multi-faceted approach to deliver funds for various drug programs. It’s closer to a clean needle exchange for heroin users than an invitation to smoke crack.

The idea is that if people are going to use it anyway, community organizations may want to offer safer alternatives. Such programs could have dramatically changed the AIDS epidemic by providing clean needles, for instance. It’s a matter of harm reduction. It sounds like 50 Cent bought some of the sensationalist headlines judging by his Instagram post.

“OK, I don’t understand what’s going on now. Let’s just give them some crack everybody loves CRACK. SMH”

HHS released a statement refuting the misleading headlines. The agency pointed to the success of evidence-based community harm reduction approaches such as naloxone, test strips for fentanyl, and syringe exchange programs. Nobody is saying that sending black Americans crack will increase racial equality.

The notion came from the fact that the funding guideline document mentioned making specific efforts to direct funding to at-risk communities. That includes predominantly African American towns and cities. The words “race” and “racial” are only used a few times in the sprawling 75-page document. 50 Cent can rest assured that Joe Biden is not trying to get people hooked on crack cocaine.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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