New York City has a special message for drug addicts: If you're going to do heroin, make sure you do it right.
The Big Apple's Health Department is under fire for using tax dollars to publish a guide for addicts instructing them on the proper methods for shooting up. Some have called the $32,000 booklet, "Heroin for Dummies."
"It's basically a step-by-step instruction on how to inject a poison," said John Gilbride, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's NYC office.
City Council member Peter Vallone, Jr., told the New York Post he was outraged. "It's sick," he said. "This is a tremendous misuse of city funds, and I'm going to see what I can do to stop it. It sends a message to our youth: give it a try."
The booklet offers helpful advice such as:
-- Find the vein before you try to inject. Tie off to make your veins visible.
-- Shoot correctly to avoid infection and collapsed veins
-- If you don't "register," pull out and try again.
For those of you lacking street cred, that last item means you need to keep jabbing your needle if you miss the mark.
The city's health department defended their program. "Our goal is to promote health and save lives," said Daliah Heller in an interview with the New York Post. "From a health perspective, there is a less harmful way to inject yourself."
What's next - a how-to guide for hookers?
Todd Starnes is a reporter for FOX News Radio and a best-selling author.