Tina, or her real name, Methamphetamine, the sex drug, also known as Crystal, Crank, Meth, and Ice was once very popular among Gay people during the late 90's, peaking in 2005, then usage started to decline after a federal law limited the use of pseudoephedrine a primary ingredient.
Tina never really went away, instead she went underground. Now, she's making a come back with those same people that partied with her years before. Those same people, are now in their 50's, 60's, 70's. Someone in their 80's would be no surprise.
All over North America not only the LGBT communities, but many straights are reporting similar findings.
Meth targets the pleasure centres of the brain, after being ingested, either by snorting, dropping or "slamming" injecting, releasing waves on waves of dopamine which fuse with the sexual pleasure centres of the prefrontal cortex. It turns off the part of the brain which controls our better judgement, and increases our sexual desires.
We are talking older people here, returning to the drug, the over 50+ crowd, gay or straight. You would think they'd know better but, no.
Meth is Neurotoxic, not like cocaine. Cocaine, derived from the coca plant is natural and washes quickly from the body and leaves the receptors unharmed to an extent to repair themselves over time. Where Methamphetamine is man-made, and your brain was never meant to process it, so it sits on the receptors for hours, meaning the trip could last for hours without being replenished. The damage is done, recovery could take 20 months for dopamine levels to return to somewhat normal. Remember the damage is already done.
To make matters worse, once Meth has been expelled from the body so does sexual desire, making recovery even harder to overcome.
Users have low self-esteem to begin with. That's why they start; to belong, to be part of the group and for sex. The danger lies with poor judgement, having multiple sex partners and unsafe sex.
Meth is so easy to get now-a-days, thanks to the internet and dating sites. Sign in, look for words in a persons profile, such as Chem-friendly, or PNP (party and play). Hook-up and make the connection.
People do it once, then do it again, then every night until the person experiences "Suicide Tuesdays." We don't want to go there. The point of no return.
Tina's back and she's coming to a party near you, gay or straight, Meth doesn't discriminate.
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