April 5, 2005
Crystal Meth Anonymous, a 12-step recovery program modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous that began in New York in 1999, offers 24 meetings a week, sometimes drawing more than 100 people to a meeting, according to the AP/Sun. Other programs use a "harm-reduction" approach to counseling, in which users are cautioned about meth's risks and encouraged to avoid overdoses, take care of their health and engage in safer sex even when using the drug, the AP/Sun reports. Peter Staley, a former meth user who now is an HIV advocate, has circulated posters with the slogans, "Buy Crystal. Get HIV Free" and "Crystal Free and Sexy." Stanley also is targeting MSM Web sites. He said some sites still display personal ads hinting at "sex-and-meth" parties, even though others display health messages, according to the AP/Sun. West Hollywood, Calif., Mayor John Duran (D) said he has discussed anti-meth strategies with people in the "gay sex industry," including pornographic filmmakers and sex club operators, the AP/Sun reports. "We didn't come through the AIDS epidemic and the battles over gays in the military and gay marriage to end up here, a community filled with drug addicts," Duran said, adding, "We've fought too long and too hard to let this drug take us down" (AP/Las Vegas Sun, 4/4).
Clubs Train Workers on Crystal Meth Education
The Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday examined how Chicago-area bars and gay clubs are working with police and the Howard Brown Health Center to train bartenders about how to educate customers about the risks of crystal meth use (Donovan/Sweeney, Chicago Sun-Times, 4/4). The complete article is available online.
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