Med’s Ryan Marino comments on NYC installation of vending machines with health items

People are mad: NYC is giving out “crack pipes,” but should they be?
Health NewsRyan Marino, assistant professor at the School of Medicine, noted that the practice of harm reduction as public health is neither new nor limited to drug topics, and has extensive scientific backing; but despite this, has sparked quite a bit of controversy after New York City installed vending machines with health items. “It is easy to make such a concept sound ridiculous to the general public by implying that government agencies are just passing out items that allow for drug use, even if that’s not really the truth,” he said.