Condoms to be offered by envelope

July 28, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

The idea of a giant gum ball machine to dispense condoms in little plastic eggs is dead.

The Carroll County Department of Social Services (DSS) still plans to make condoms available, free, to clients interested in preventing pregnancy or disease.

Instead of the original idea of a machine in the DSS restroom, however, the agency is planning to package the condoms in discreet envelopes in a basket in the waiting room, said Director M. Alexander Jones. He said the program could be in operation this fall.

The agency is on a waiting list to get the condoms from the state.

A few months ago, he had proposed making free condoms available. His counterparts in Frederick and Howard county DSS offices have been doing this for years.

"The board and I deliberated over how to make these condoms available in the least offensive and the most helpful way," he said.

The state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provides condoms through a "Three for Free" program. The Carroll County Health Department provides them in baskets at its offices on Washington Road.

But DSS clients may not regularly go there, so Mr. Jones considered offering the condoms at DSS offices at the Barrelhouse on Distillery Drive in Westminster.

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