Meth Use on the Rise Among Gay and Bisexual Black and Hispanic Men in New York

Methamphetamine is growing in popularity among gay and bisexual black and Hispanic men in New York, according to The New York Times.

Meth can intensify sexual desire while delaying orgasm for hours, the article notes. Previously, the drug was popular among affluent white gay and bisexual men. Meth use moved underground when its use was linked to rising HIV infection rates.

Joseph Ruggiero, an addiction specialist who founded a group therapy program for gay and bisexual men who abuse meth, said initially 85 to 90 percent of participants were white. Starting two or three years ago, the program shifted to mostly black and Hispanic participants.

Full story of meth rise for gay and bisexual men in NY at drugfree.org

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