Meth use among young gay men remains a pervasive problem

Published: August 27, 2010

Jordan Duran sat down to coffee downstairs from his office at Gay City Health Project on Capitol Hill. His calm presence and sweet smile reveal little of the horror this 26-year-old has put his mind, body and spirit through.

Just a few years ago, Duran wandered the streets outside Gay City a skeletal form of his current self. Homeless, sick and estranged from his family, he would look away from passers-by, including some of his current colleagues — all the while completely loaded on crystal meth.

"In my brief moments of clarity I knew my life was supposed to be better than this," Duran said. "Growing up I had so many dreams … but I completely lost myself."

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