Crystal Meth Makes Comeback in Gay Communities
Jason Parsley - Edge on the Net
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October 24, 2014
Falling, created by Impulse Group and The Advisorie, depicts how, in the gay community, we can both fall in love and fall apart. According to recent studies, self-reported rates of methamphetamine use in Los Angeles by gay men have reached levels as high as 53%, and have not fallen below 11% in the past decade. (John Saint Denis)
Over the past few years, there has been a resurgence of methamphetamine use in the gay community; some have even called it an epidemic.
"The number of arrests involving crystal meth has doubled so far this year over 2013 in Fort Lauderdale," said Michael Kasten, a committee chairperson on the No More Meth Task Force. "If you look at the actual arrests by sector they are in the gay neighborhoods of Fort Lauderdale."
That's why Mark Ketcham, executive director of SunServe in South Florida, was so eager to host and help fund the 'No More Meth' program.
"I asked at one of our events for someone to match the $5,000 grant the 'No More Meth' program received from another organization," he said. "We matched it in four minutes. I will do anything I can to alleviate this problem."
Ketcham though admitted that while meth use is a huge problem, he also understands why there are so few programs targeting the issue.
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