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The Dark Reality of Methamphetamine Use in the LGBTQIA+ Community

November 30, 2022


Addiction & Abuse

For members of the LGBTQIA+ community, methamphetamine use is all too common. According to a report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, gay and bisexual men are more likely to use meth than any other demographic. Why is this? There are several reasons. Some people turn to meth as a way to cope with the discrimination and violence they face daily. Others use it as a way to enhance their sexual performance or to lose weight. Regardless of the reason, meth use comes with a host of risks—and these risks are amplified for members of the LGBTQIA+ community who often have difficulty accessing addiction treatment due to stigma and prejudice.

The Dangers of Methamphetamine Use
Methamphetamine is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant. It's commonly used as a party drug, as it can cause feelings of euphoria and increase sexual arousal. However, meth also comes with a host of dangerous side effects, including:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Violent behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Weight loss
  • Tooth decay

Long-term meth use can also lead to stroke, heart failure, and organ damage. In short, methamphetamine is a highly dangerous drug—one that can cause serious harm to those who use it.

Warning Signs That Someone May Be Using Meth
There are several warning signs that someone may be using methamphetamine. These include:

  • Weight loss
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Aggressive or violent behavior
  • Dilated pupils

If you suspect that someone you know is using meth, it's important to get them help as soon as possible. There are many resources available for those struggling with addiction, including counseling, therapy, and 12-step programs.

Methamphetamine use is a real issue in the LGBTQIA+ community. This incredibly potent and addictive drug can result in some harmful side effects—like weight loss, hallucinations, tooth decay, organ damage, and even death. If you're worried that someone close to you might be using methamphetamines, don't stay silent. Get help from friends or professionals. There are lots of different resources that can assist with the addiction recovery journey.

Written By: 

Kollyn Conrad




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