What does a meth user look like? You’re probably not picturing Courtney – and that’s one reason why it’s so important to hear his story.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, meth became the most widely used illicit drug among urban gay men. “Early characterizations of the meth problem in the gay community depicted the party boy or the middle-class white man as the prototype of the meth user,” says Dr. Perry Halkitis, professor of applied psychology, global public health, and medicine at New York University.
Public health campaigns in the early 2000s targeted white gay meth users as a way of combating the AIDS epidemic. This, Halkitis believes, created a stigma among middle- and upper-class white gay men and pushed the drug underground in the gay community. And while Halkitis says meth use is still common among all subsets of the gay population, a recent study of his found meth now disproportionately affects HIV-positive and African-American gay men.
To make this short, filmmaker Spencer Macnaughton spent weeks of chatting online with many men and attending a Crystal Meth Anonymous meeting at New York’s LGBT Community Center, where 38 gay male ex-meth users shared their recovery stories. For more on how this was made, see the article on Vox.com: http://www.vox.com/2015/8/24/9196953/…
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