On Thursday, an Annapolis Resident was shocked to see a table full of crack pipes and a long line waiting for them across from the Eastport Community Center on the corner of Monroe and President’s street. The resident, who has been in recovery for 17 years, found the event traumatic as the workers gave up to 5 crack pipes and all of the needed accessories to smoke crack, per person in line. Residents also said that drug dealers known to the community were also in line gathering the free supplies.
Anne Arundel County activist and leader of the Caucus of African American Leaders Carl Snowden was shocked to learn of the new policy and reached out to county leaders. According to the Capital, the program to give crack pipes will stop immediately and county health official Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman said that there was not much thought put into the distribution of the crack pipes in neighborhoods that have struggled with drug issues including, addiction, violence, and overdoses.