The New York Times published an alarming Op-Ed by Jim Mangia, the president and chief executive of St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, where he says “no one’s really grappling with the meth disaster.”
From the Op-Ed: “Today, the gay community is facing another crisis that we’re not talking about and that elected officials are once again ignoring. Crystal methamphetamine has become a popular temptation for gay men, leading many to addiction. The drug, which can change the chemical composition of the brain in chronic users, is extremely addictive. And just like during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and ’90s, resources are paltry, government support is virtually nonexistent and an aura of denial surrounds the crisis. Gay men are more likely to try meth than straight men. One explanation for this could be that gay men struggle with acceptance in ways straight men don’t have to. Growing up gay and being forced to keep that a secret for fear of family rejection or neighborhood bullying can create huge insecurities and issues with intimacy.”
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