Studies Show Huge Drop in Meth Use Among Gay Men in NYC

Published: January 11, 2010

Studies Show Huge Drop in Meth Use Among Gay Men in NYC

We did it!  In 2004, gay men in New York City decided to confront what had been our dirty little secret up until then — crystal meth had become our party-drug du jour. We forced the city council to appropriate funds for anti-meth campaigns designed by our own community groups (like the one pictured here).  We held packed community forums to discuss what the drug was doing to us.  And most importantly, we started talking to each other honestly about the downsides of Tina.  We helped those among us whose lives were being destroyed — getting them into treatment, begging them to stop, and caring for each other much as we did during the darkest days of the AIDS crisis.

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