Linda Joyce, Fox 11 in L.A.Los Angeles, CA -- Fox 11, 2/20/00, 10pm PST -- The AIDS epidemic is soaring in the gay community, blamed this time on drug abuse.
Crystal meth is behind the rise in HIV infection
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Linda Joyce, Fox 11 News continues her report on the addicted, playing with their lives:


It's the secret everyone's heard about, but no one knows how to stop. The drug crystal is everywhere.

Kathy WattKathleen Watt, Executive Director of the Van Ness Recovery House: you have to start over at square one and teach [addicts] that they don't have to beat themselves up anymore.
Ferd Eggan, Los Angeles City AIDS Coordinator (and former Executive Director, Being Alive L.A.): "The gay male community needs to start thinking more seriously about health."

REPORTER: That means redefining their image of the good life.


Psychotherapist James Weinstein says party promoters are talking online about drug use: "we have to start to make it uncool for people to be taking them in the first place."


REPORTER: That's the message John could have used years ago.teh crystal bomb in axion

John, in recovery: "It eats you alive. I thought it was fun. I used to have a good time with it.
99 % of the people I have seen who get involved with speed lose their apartments, their lives, you know? Everything breaks apart."

REPORTER: He's putting his life back together one day at a time, picking up the pieces, shattered by crystal.
crystal = HIV


Sounds of a 12 Step Meeting closing:
"THE WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE...
KEEP COMING BACK. IT WORKS IF YOU WORK IT."

In Los Angeles, this is Linda Joyce reporting for Fox 11.

© 2000 Fox 11 News


WWW resources:

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Other resources:
crystal meth anonymous info line
12-step program offering a 24-hour information hotline at 213.488.4455. 8/95

free out-patient crystal meth treatment
For people with HIV/AIDS who want to stop using crystal. Free, confidential research medication-treatment study. For more information, call 800.810.5551 or 310.268.3997. 3/1998

HIV/NA Support group
Fridays, 7:30pm. Hollywood Community Hospital of Van Nuys, 14433 Emelita, Van Nuys. Also, Amigos Positivos, Wednesdays, 7pm. Call Eddie at 818.787.1511, ext. 257. 5/1999


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