Phamplets. They tell us how to do everything from buying the freshest vegetables, to detecting depression in our house plants. But now the city of New York has taken phamplet how to to a whole new level with their controversial "Herion Safety Phamplet/Guide". A "how to" guide for herion users. Morbid? Yes. Helpful? The jury is still out. A source for comedy material? You betcha!
Alina Cho writes from CNN.com "Critics are calling it nothing more than a "how-to" guide for drug addicts. But New York City's health department thinks a controversial flier that's being handed out to heroin users might just save a few lives.
The 16-page pamphlet is called "Take Charge, Take Care: 10 tips for safer use." It’s a virtual heroin how-to guide, complete with illustrations and detailed tips.
The brainchild of New York City's health department, the 70,000 fliers were paid for with 32,000 taxpayer dollars.
"I think it sends out the message, and the wrong message, that heroin use can be safe. Heroin use cannot be safe; heroin use can be deadly," says John Gilbride, special agent in charge, New York DEA.
That's exactly why New York's health department says these tips are crucial. Accidental overdose is the fourth-leading cause of death in the city, claiming more than 600 lives a year.
Another big issue: HIV and AIDS. One-third of Americans living with HIV are infected through injection drug use. One reason why the health department also encourages users not to share needles, but adds there's no healthy use of drugs, just helpful information.
So whats next? How to build a small yield nuclear device for home use???