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To: ahayes
So does taking meth increase the occurance of risky sex, or are people incautious enough to take illegal drugs more likely to be incautious in sex as well?

Now you are just blaming the victim. They can't help these desires.

16 posted on 03/13/2004 9:50:57 AM PST by weegee ('...Kerry is like that or so a crack sausage.')
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To: weegee
July 14, 2003

Expert: 'Tina' Is Not a Nice Girl
Crystal Meth Use Can Lead to Heart Problems, Stroke, HIV
by Joel Kaufman, Express Gay News

Crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) is the “party and play” drug that is proliferating in its use among gay men and is fueling a new epidemic of unsafe sex. Also known as “Tina” (the name is derived from the fact that meth is commonly bought in 16th-of-an-ounce packages), a drug long associated with the West Coast has taken root among gay men along the East Coast in cities such as New York, South Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

Over the years, crystal meth, a synthetic stimulant, has been in and out of vogue. It has appealed to a wide variety of groups, and developed a lexicon of its own. Used by both the Allies and the Nazis in World War II to keep troops alert, meth was popular with truck drivers and bikers in the 1950s. In the 1960s, it spread to the hippies, who nicknamed it “speed.” In the 1970s and ’80s, it moved to more rural areas and was referred to as “redneck cocaine.”

Whether smoked, injected or snorted, the drug’s appeal is simple. It produces a sense of euphoria for several hours, increases the heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature. Drug users say that it makes you ravenously horny. Recently, the drug has made heavy inroads into the gay dance scene, circuit parties and sex parties.

The effects of crystal meth use include increased heart rate and blood pressure, increased wakefulness and insomnia, increased physical activity, decreased appetite, respiratory problems, extreme anorexia, hyperthermia, convulsions, cardiovascular problems, including left ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of the left ventricle), euphoria, irritability, confusion, tremors, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, bizarre behavior and violent behavior. It can also cause irreversible damage to the blood vessels in the brain, producing strokes.

Studies have also found that meth destroys dopamine, a chemical in the brain that helps control movement and emotions. After extended abuse, some addicts show early and mild Parkinson’s disease. One big risk of meth use is the increased chance of HIV and STDs through unprotected and uninhibited sex while under the influence of meth.

Crystal meth is also referred to as “crank,” “crystal,” “ice” and a host of other names.

Meth is a man-made drug. There are many different methods of producing meth. Many of the chemicals used to make the drug are caustic, corrosive and toxic, and some of the processes create noxious and harmful fumes. People who come in contact with the highly toxic chemicals used to make the drug can become sick, and prolonged exposure can lead to cancer.

The Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse (BCCOSA) recently initiated the formation of a crystal meth task group to address growing crystal meth problem.

The problem is just as prevalent in Miami-Dade County. “Crystal meth users now account for a great many of the newly diagnosed HIV infections and for the county’s and the nation’s increase in the syphilis epidemic,” says Marc Cohen, president of United Foundation for AIDS in Miami.

Crystal can create a powerful craving for more of the drug. Long-term use can result in serious mental, personality and physical problems.

As the Crystal Meth problem has grown, more Crystal Meth Anonymous groups have sprung up in South Florida. For more information about Crystal Meth recovery groups, visit www.crystalmeth.org/schedules.htm .
29 posted on 03/13/2004 4:55:13 PM PST by Helms (I'll take a Harvard MBA and Jet Pilot over bs and a swift boat anyday)
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