A group says it is distributing meth pipes to Portland drug users. The aim is to reduce the likelihood that meth users will inject the drug.
The “People’s Harm Reduction Alliance” has been operating in Seattle for years. Now it’s in Portland, providing clean needles, tourniquets and meth pipes. It also has Naloxone, a medication that can reverse opioid overdoses.
The executive director of the group, Shilo Murphy, said meth users are less likely to inject the drug if they have access to a pipe.
“There are programs all over the city that give you clean needles, but there’s no programs that give you a clean pipe. People are going with the cheaper, easier system, which is clean needles,” he said.