October 18, 2016 in General
As New Zealand’s Key administration prepares to distribute fifteen million dollars to fight our own P/crystal meth epidemic, Australia’s LGBT communities are also concerned at the effect that P/Ice/crystal meth is having on its shores.
In DNA 201 (November 2001), there are three excellent accounts of life on and after P/crystal meth addiction. Marc Andrews relates the tragic death of Paul, a British gay friend whose addiction led to homelessness and death after a polydrug/’slamming’ overdose. Paul had had a miserable home life, with both parents having committed suicide and a homophobic family environment. The latter even refused to pay for his funeral, which was left to the state. Andrews also contrasts this with Victor, a former mephedrone user. After a suicide attempt and impending homelessness, he descended into a ‘slamming’ orgy and attempted suicide again due to crystal meth’s consequent paranoia and anxiety. Happily though, it didn’t work either, and now Victor is attending Crystal Meth Anonymous and in recovery.
Tim Spiras is HIV+, a former model and a former IV drug user. Aged only twenty six, he started shooting up at nineteen. At twenty one, he had unprotected sex with someone who lied about their actual HIV status. Around him, he saw unemployment, homelessness, aborted relationships and drug turf war violence in the context of his own ‘ice’ addiction. After some friends staged an intervention, Spiras checked into Crystal Meth Anonymous and lives one day clean at a time. He now works as Senior Voices Officer at Living Positive Victoria, educating care providers about HIV+ gay men over fifty.
Dealing with P/Ice/crystal meth is an arduous process, but it is also a collective one. Tell your GP about your problem. Have regular HIV and STI checks. Get informed about safe drug use as well as safe sex.
Marc Andrews: “I got out of my crystal mess- you can too” DNA 201 (November 2016): 86-87.
Tim Spiras: “I’m surprised I’m still alive’ DNA 201 (November 2016): 88-89.