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Shot of the Day: This Is What A Crack Pipe Vending Machine Looks Like

The cheerful-looking machine once sold sandwiches.

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The crack pipe vending machine was invented by Mark Townsend and Mariner Janes of the Portland Hotel Society (PHS), a Vancouver-based nonprofit that runs services for people with mental health and addiction problems (including Insite, North America’s only legal supervise injection facility). Each machine holds around 200 pipes, sells them for just $0.25 each and is refilled at least twice a week. Sharing old crack pipes can spread Hepatitis C and HIV.

Liz Evans, executive director of the Portland Hotel Society Photo via

Liz Evans, executive director of the Portland Hotel Society. Photo via