Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Popular gay clubbing drug becoming global issue

Pink News

The use of crystal meth is becoming a global problem, according to the United Nations.

Crystal meth, or methamphetamine is already rife amongst the gay dance scene and doctors predict it will spiral out of control into the UK’s mainstream culture

Also known as ‘tina’, ‘krank’ or ‘ice’, the ease of production due to poor restrictions on manufacturing the chemicals, and euphoric effects have ensured dramatic escalation of the drug’s distribution worldwide. Crystal users experience a temporary sense of supreme confidence, alertness and have an increased perception of self-attractiveness. On the other hand it also delivers paranoia, agitation and violence in some individuals.

Professor Hamid Ghodse, president of a United Nations' drug control agency, told the Times: "If I want to pick on one major drug problem pandemic today, it is methamphetamine.
"It has not yet affected that much of Western European countries and the UK but, as we know, as drug misuse occurs in North America, sooner or later it gets here.”

"We are trying to encourage governments to focus on the precursor chemicals used in the drug's manufacture, so that we can try to prevent any wider abuse of methamphetamine."

In November reported on the dangers of the drug for the gay community and said that Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, was on alert and may move it to a class A drug.

Amongst the gay club scene meth is having drastic consequences. The increased arousal fuels users to completely abandon safe sex whilst involving themselves with multiple partners, many of whom are HIV+.

by Marc Shoffman


Blogger 800 pound gorilla said...

Of course, the use of crystal meth [smokeable variety] would not be anywhere near as popular if it were legal. People would mostly use regular meth pills with less oomph. There would be quality control and the drug would be produced in a drug lab with appropriate safeguards. Smokeable meth is widely available because it:
1] Caters to the problem user
2] Caters to the seller who wants to minimize risk in delivery.

The problem is 98% user and 2% drug. It happens because we make no effort whatsoever to educate people about how drugs work and why one should never rely on drugs as a primary source of relief or escape. Instead we have the dangerous drugs mythology that presumes to tell us that drugs are dangerous because ill informed [that way because of the dishonest nature of prohibition] users make bad choices based on bad information.

We would have safer drugs if legalized. We might have better educated users if we stopped lying about drugs. You have to remember that caffeinated beverages were promoted over alcoholic beverages at the start of the industrial revolution to facilitate long factory hours and workaholism. Ironically much use of meth has resulted from workaholics trying to create more hours for work to support their consumeristic lifestyles. These attitudes are promoted from the highest levels of society. They are more harmful than any street drug dealer.

3/03/2006 09:53:00 AM  

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