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Vending Machine For Drug Addicts Funded By Your Taxes



Knowledge Nuggets:

  • City Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan has introduced vending machines providing free Narcan, drug-test strips, condoms, nicotine gum, and other items as a harm reduction strategy.
  • Critics argue that this move further normalizes drug addiction and may ultimately exacerbate the issue by enabling addicts instead of promoting abstinence-based recovery strategies.
  • The targeted areas for these machines already host needle-exchange sites, methadone clinics, smoke shops, and homeless shelters, raising concerns about the impact on these communities.

In an effort to combat the escalating overdose crisis, city Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan recently introduced a novel concept: vending machines that distribute free Narcan, drug-test strips, condoms, nicotine gum, and other items. While the move is touted as a significant stride in harm reduction, critics fear it could lead to an inadvertent normalization of drug addiction.

The city’s plan, despite its good intentions, might inadvertently create a dangerous precedent that undermines recovery strategies rooted in treatment and abstinence. As recovering addict Jared Klickstein opined in The Post, an increasing segment of the harm reduction movement seems to dismiss the idea of abstinence-based recovery strategies, which, he argues, are fundamental to genuine recovery.

The placement of these vending machines also merits scrutiny. The neighborhoods targeted for these $11,000 machines are already hosts to needle-exchange sites, methadone clinics, smoke shops, and homeless shelters. Critics argue that the placement of these machines may exacerbate existing challenges in these areas and further marginalize communities already grappling with addiction problems.

Ultimately, the question of whether these vending machines are a path to harm reduction or a slide into harm induction is yet to be answered. The situation calls for a balanced approach that not only addresses immediate risks but also promotes long-term recovery and community well-being.

Clear Thoughts:

As a conservative voice, it’s with concern I note the recent unveiling of vending machines that dispense free Narcan, drug-test strips, and other items by city Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan. The intention behind this move is noble, aiming to stem the rising tide of overdose deaths. But is this the right path?

We must tread carefully in our approach to harm reduction, especially when it might inadvertently normalize drug addiction. Abstinence-based recovery strategies, which have been central to the success stories of many recovering addicts, are being overlooked in this ‘harm reduction’ narrative.

This trend reflects the troubling turn of our society toward enabling behaviors rather than encouraging responsibility and self-betterment. As conservatives, we understand the importance of individual responsibility and the value of hard work in overcoming adversity. These values, often taught through the principle of ‘tough love’, should not be discarded in favor of short-term fixes.

The locations chosen for these machines raise additional worries. Why place them in neighborhoods already struggling with addiction-related issues? Such a decision could further degrade these areas, creating an environment unsafe for families and children. It’s crucial to recognize the potential for such initiatives to inflict more harm than good on these communities.


I urge our leaders to remember that the most effective way to confront addiction is through structured support, treatment, and the promotion of personal responsibility. Simply making it easier to manage addiction rather than overcoming it is not the answer. Mayor Eric Adams must consider if this is the type of ‘progress’ we want for our city, and more importantly, for those caught in the devastating cycle of addiction.




  1. The Rebel

    June 11, 2023 at 6:37 pm

    This is great———————living proof the Democrats and their czars are MORONS!!!

  2. Eugene ross

    June 12, 2023 at 8:44 am

    if these people are so dumb to take this crap I sure don’t want to help pay for their medication just let them die

  3. Liz Isaacs

    June 12, 2023 at 7:14 pm

    Addiction is complex There are many challenging symptoms both physical and emotional. People become alienated from themselves and often don’t even recognize who they are! Our emotional experiences and behaviors are effected by the way the drug effects the pleasure center in our brains. Very intelligent and gifted people have become addicted not knowing how drugs would effect them. It might seem easier to think the worst of addicted people, but that is at the significant expense of overlooking people who are “in despair”, feel misunderstood and confused, and often don’t have the mental clarity to help themselves.

  4. Fb111

    June 12, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    Brilliant move Commissioner! Enable more drains on public resources by giving deadbeat addicts free paraphernalia, instead of treating their addictions! Meanwhile, productive citizens, such as diabetics and other TAXPAYERS, who cannot afford their life-saving medications and have to decide between paying rent, buying food or buying their hyperexpensive meds, are struggling to survive! Typical twisted Democrat logic! I’d like to see the stats on ODs after six months of this debacle! Guaranteed flop!

  5. Elizabeth C. Hamilton

    June 13, 2023 at 6:56 am

    U do not think American tax payers should have to pay for drug addicts in any way, shape or forms. We did not have any responsibility in making them addicts.

  6. CandygramForMongo

    June 18, 2023 at 9:40 am

    Godless people take millions to mutilate children in the name of progress. HELL AWAITS YOU, HEATHENS.

    • CandygramForMongo

      June 18, 2023 at 9:43 am

      Thanks for switching the articles on me, phicktards! This was a comment made on the catholic church taking in millions for gender mutilation.

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