25¢ crack pipe vending machines aim to lower HIV rates in Canada

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The creativity of businesses using vending machines to sell their products seems to know no bounds, and in the past we've seen even prescription drugs delivered through InstyMeds' 24/7 hospital kiosks. Going somewhat further, a nonprofit has now installed crack pipe vending machines in Vancouver, in order to curb the spread of HIV and AIDS among the city's addicts. Developed by the Portland Hotel Society's Drug Users Resource Center, the machines have been installed in various locations in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, a part of the city with the worst rates of drug abuse. The machines are stocked with 200 safe…

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