While abuse of Crystal Meth (a form of homebrewed amphetamines) has been on the rise in all parts of the United States, use of the drug has becomes especially problematic in a number of large cities with sizable gay populations. Many users claim Crystal Meth increases sexual pleasure and retards the male orgasm, allowing men to have sex longer and more often than they could otherwise; Meth also blunts inhibitions, gives users a feeling of invincibility, and fuels impulsive behavior, and as a consequence it's become a staple at sex clubs. At the same time, Meth has been linked to the growing spread of HIV (many users claim their concerns about safe sex fly out the window under the influence), and an increasing number of activists in the gay community have been speaking out against use of the drug. Filmmaker Jay Corcoran explores this problem in the documentary Rock Bottom: Gay Men and Meth. The film profiles seven different gay men in recovery from Meth addiction; each speaks candidly about the physical pleasure and allure of the drug, while also discussing with equal frankness the damage it has brought to their health, their relationships and their finances.
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