NYC Spends $32k on “Heroin for Dummies”

Forget that there are some children who can’t afford school supplies or three squares a day; junkies need to know how to shoot up. It does raise the question as to why someone who shoots heroin regularly what to do unless, oh, unless it’s a guidebook to teach people how to get started. Fauxcare cost control?

Here’s the latest smack on taxpayers.

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.

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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.

“If you don’t ‘register,’ pull out and try again,” it says.

The brochure sends the wrong message about the dangers of the drug, experts said.

“It concerns me that the city would produce a how-to on using drugs,” Gilbride said. “Heroin is extremely potent. You may only get the chance to use it once. To suggest there is a method of using that alleviates the dangers, that’s very disturbing.”

Here’s an idea: why couldn’t they be helped to QUIT?

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