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DOH Discussion: Crystal Meth Use in Marginalized Communities
March 2 @ 12:00 am - 1:30 pmFree
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Crystal meth use is a public health concern affecting multiple communities throughout New York State (NYS). For many years, crystal meth has had a devastating impact within marginalized communities. The stigma, shame, and misinformation associated with crystal meth use serve as barriers for those that deserve accurate information, supportive resources, and treatment services.
The AIDS Institute (AI) has received many suggestions from the community to guide and inform response efforts to address crystal meth use in populations such as Black Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), rural communities, and upstate regions. Additionally, in Nov. 2021, the AI held a community listening session to discuss stimulant drug use within the Black MSM community.
Based on the information provided by community stakeholders, education and awareness have been identified as two priority areas. In Feb. 2023, the AI’s Office of Drug User Health (ODUH) launched a community wide initiative: Crystal Meth Use in Marginalized Communities: Discussion Series.
This discussion series will hold space for education and awareness through intentional discussions that reflect the impact crystal meth use has in communities that often experience societal and political marginalization, such as Black MSM, the Transgender and Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) community, and groups with lower socio-economic status. Each discussion will feature subject matter experts, individuals with lived experience, service providers and community stakeholders as various themes, such as stigma, sexual health, treatment, miseducation, and more, are explored.
Through these discussions, the AI will gain further insight into the impact of crystal meth use. The AI is committed to utilizing this information and the AI is committed to improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers who use drugs through the promotion of harm reduction practices, and by providing accessible health care and supportive services.