Stem Tips (Rubber Mouthpiece)
Can be ordered from Safety Works as “Rubber Tip Covers”. Stem tips cost $170 for 1,000 (as of May, 2013).
A Stem Tip (AKA Rubber mouthpiece cover AKA Sparkplug cover) is used at the end of the crack pipe. A hot stem can burn and crack the lips which could cause bleeding. Coming in contact with even small amounts of blood can put smokers at risk for HIV and HCV, in fact research has shown that Hepatitis C can be transmitted through crack pipes. If two or more people are sharing one stem, it’s best for each individual to use their own rubber stem tip.
Are you having a difficult time convincing your program to purchase safer smoking supplies? Difficulty writing a grant to purchase safer smoking supplies? Please refer to this- Crack Cocaine link to HIV Transmission Article