Drug use, community action, and public Health: Gay men and crystal meth in NYC

Naomi Braine, Caroline Jean Acker, Laurens Van Sluytman, Sam Friedman, Don C. Des Jarlais

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In 2004, GLBT and HIV/AIDS service providers in NYC mobilized against use of crystal methamphetamine among gay men. Both drug use and mobilization were shaped by the history of HIV, particularly the institutions, action repertoires, and social networks forged in earlier AIDS work. This paper is based on qualitative research conducted from 2007 to 2009 with advocates, service providers, and men who have sex with men recruited from diverse venues in NYC gay communities. The crystal use epidemic among gay men in NYC indicates the importance of social and historical context in shaping drug use and antidrug mobilization, including the potential for public health responses to drug use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-380
Number of pages13
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 8 2011


  • community action
  • men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • methamphetamine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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