What others have said about LIFE OR METH...
"My name is David Stuart, and I currently work in sexual health supporting gay men struggling with ChemSex issues. Meth factors highly in this work, as an extremely problematic and dangerous drug, and without doubt, responsible for a great many HIV infections amongst gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men using drugs, as well as other devastating consequences. Including, I'm very sad to say, too many deaths.
ChemSex is now highly placed on the public health agendas of many cities around the world, as well as featuring heavily in the media. This is a very good thing (despite some inevitable stigma-causing media), as raising awareness about the harms associated with meth must, simply must, be done as its use becomes more widespread. I try to do my part in raising awareness, but I must bow my head in gratitude and praise to you for your brave, exhausting and important efforts in the early 2000's when gay men's meth use and sex was less of a "public health concern" and, I imagine, a difficult and challenging topic to address. A little research led me to your work across three continents, attempting to rally health and campaign responses to this growing problem. Controversy will inevitably haunt anything associated with gay sex, disease and drug use, and I've no doubt that many of your attempts fell on deaf ears and reluctant organisations. I've also no doubt that it must have been frustrating and aggravating work; the sort of work that burns out many activists. You were, though, ahead of your time, and ahead of the epidemic we see now, and if you were never thanked for this work, then it is my overdue pleasure... to thank you. Best wishes, and thank you for maintaining this site.
~ David Stuart, London (23rd May 2016)
"I JUST wanted to congratulate you on such a fantastic website. I love the clear, focused and spiritual aspect to it all. I used to manage an HIV centre and now I manage an addiction treatment centre. It is refreshing to see the work you are doing here. Well done and keep going. You are a visionary!!" ~ Jac
"I COME to your site from time to time. I have been meth free now for 4 years. After being consumed by meth on Miami Beach my life was saved by a saint named Marc Cohen, who refered me to LIFE OR METH. Tonight I read the author's article AID$ Inc. Uncovered
and learnt the history of your struggle. In it I read your reference of Marc Cohen inviting you to Miami in 2003 to oversee his groundbreaking meth campaign. It was just that same time when I found Marc Cohen while he was doing outreach in the very chatrooms that I was cruising, while binging on meth. I will never forget that man, his dedication and my second chance...and your site, LIFE OR METH. You all have saved my life, and through me, you have helped save others I have reached out to. I am grateful."
"I USED for 30 years on, have been clean now since February 14, 2001, and now do volunteer work for Cares Centre for AIDS Research and Educational Services here in Sacramento, also a non profit. Having been to many websites, LIFE OR METH has got to be the most informative on the subject of HIV and meth. I also write our newsletter to all of our 1800 clients and patients and next issue I will include this website. We have a large number of clients that have all types of addictions, meth being one of them. Although one can never learn enough about the disease of addiction, you cover many of the bases I have wanted to include and write about. Since finding this site, all my prayers are being answered! Education is the most powerful tool we can have and saves lives. Thank you."
~ Michael Jentes
"I JUST WANTED to let you know that you do help people, you do change lives, and that someone mentioned on your site - me! - has managed to pretty much come out the other side of the nightmare. Thank God I am not where I was before, people in walls et al! If LIFE OR METH does outreach, talks, putting up posters in pubs, whatever, I would love to be able to give something back for the help it gave me, and the chance to help others.
"RECENT REPORTS of gay meth use are showing a decline in most major cities. So, it looks like [my book] and sites like LIFE OR METH are having an impact. We as a community must work together to end this crisis in the LGBTQ community."
~ Dr Ken Cimino [Author, The Politics of Crystal Meth]
"AS CEO of the UK's only 'gay men's health charity', I have identified 49 HIV+ gay male service-users who have ceased using crystal solely because of the data presented on LIFE OR METH, and who state unequivocally that they owe their improved health, increasing well-being and, indeed, lives to this site."
~ Cass Mann [Positively Healthy UK, est'd 1986]
"LIFE OR METH is a good resource that offers a lot of helpful information and current news about meth."
~ Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
"THE FOUNDER of LIFE OR METH, an unsung hero of our [UK] gay communities, is the only person to have warned us about the dangers and devastation caused by crystal meth usage and, despite being unfunded and entirely dismissed by the leading AIDS agencies in the UK, has been proved entirely right. Heads must now roll over the dismissal of crystal meth in causing HIV transmission by these self-appointed health chiefs, but all that will happen is that they will suffer the indignity of massive salary rises and promotions within their agencies. Why are gay men not taking to the streets in fury to stop this needless slaughter of our fellow men?"
~ Damon Silk [CEO, GMAF]
"The education department in collaboration with Montrose Counseling Center, Houston, and LIFE OR METH has disseminated a crystal methamphetamine awareness campaign. 11 x 17 posters and post cards [based on LIFE OR METH's online poster campaigns], as well as advertisements in gay publications, have been distributed in GLBT venues and drug and alcohol treatment centers in phases throughout 2006. It is hoped that the campaign will raise awareness about the dangers of crystal meth, as well as refer people to HIV/STD testing by Legacy and addiction treatment options from Montrose Counseling Center."
~ Eric Roland [Legacy Community Health]
"Visit the website lifeormeth.com to gain a deep understanding of your addiction and a reality-based picture of what this addiction does to the mind and the body."
~ Trent Blanchard [Newstalk 920AM KSPI]
"TIP SESSO, 1 Distribution, Carnaval Films, Major Wood Productions, and the new Toxic Video have joined together to promote LIFE OR METH, a website dedicated to providing information about meth that [owner Sam] Manning believes is "one of the best put together" sites of its kind. Visitors will likely agree, since it is beautifully designed, includes a multitude of powerful and artistic meth awareness posters, and multiple text rich areas with resources, medical data, details about crystal culture, how meth affects AIDS risks, the issues behind meth's appeal, and powerful first-person accounts of living with, recovering from, or mourning lives lost to the seductive killer.
~ 'Darklady' [www.ynot.com]
"THE BEST website ever on crystal meth!"
~ Positive Action [San Diego]
"AS A CHARITY, Gay Surrey (UK) decided to support LIFE OR METH by creating a dedicated page on our website to see the kind of response we would receive in our campaign for a better understanding and increased awareness [of crystal]... It soon became obvious that this was a major concern for all of us; the LIFE OR METH page jumped to first place under the support pages, a staggering result and proving the need for more support from organisations in Surrey and around the UK about how dangerous, harmful and life threatening crystal meth is."
~ Gino Meriano [Chairman, Gay Surrey]
"AID Atlanta advertises in the gay publication David
Magazine, urging gay men who have used crystal to get a free HIV test and visit the web site LIFE OR METH."
~ Dyana Bagby [Southern Voice, Atlanta]
"I AM VERY much impressed by the presentation and the quality of your research and your writing. I'm sure there are others, but I'm the only doctor I know who has an undergraduate degree in English and American Literature, so I know good writing when I see it!"
~ Dr. Joey [email@example.com]
"I KNEW that my addiction was ending my life. LIFE OR METH provided me with a moment of clarity, and October 9, 2004 I got my general relief, bought a bus ticket, and fled to relatives in Lubbock, Texas."
"AS THE DIRECT result of the message I read here it has helped save my life. I was inspired to finally give meth up after seeing 'meth mouth' and 'faces of meth' and reading this entire site. Blessings to you all for the facts and information presented on this site. Thank you!"
"THANKS for this invaluable site. I am 39, gay, HIV- and have, in the last two months, started taking meth, and it has affected me greatly. I can see it has the potential to ruin my health, fitness, relationship and career. LIFE OR METH has helped me to at least begin to understand the power of meth and to inspire me to stop now."
"I READ everything on LIFE OR METH in one day. I'm familiar with drugs and the harm that they can do, but after reading this site, I will never ever, ever touch meth. It's a worthwhile webpage."
"A GREAT page graphically demonstrating the devastating effects of meth on society... This drug is nothing short of a hellish nightmare, and the more it's brought into the light, the more the truth with be revealed."
"FINALLY, a strong and unapologetic voice of reason in opposition to the enabling "harm reduction" modalities employed by so many health departments and ASOs! This site is outstanding in presenting a truthful and frank picture of what meth use is all about."
~ John Edwards, R. N. [BoulderBikerGuy@aol.com]
"THIS IS one of the most powerful and inspiring web sites that I have ever come across. I do wonder who the people behind it are...surely you must be angels. LIFE OR METH is infused with a holistic, spiritual and very informed message to all gay men trying to make sense out of an insane world...a bright point of light in a dark sky."
~ George Woolerton
"LIFE OR METH was a huge help in my recovery. I've been clean for 40 months and will never go back to crystal. I owe a sincere thank you. You don't know how inspirational your words were to me at that time. I derived great strength from them and re-reading them over and over made me more determined than ever to not be controlled by crystal. Knowledge is strength and the more that I learned about crystal the more that I became determined to not let it write the final chapter of my life. I discovered will power that I didn't know that I had. There is no greater gift that you can give a fellow human being than to help them overcome an addiction. Your efforts to help others will never be forgotten. I have since helped others recover and will continue to do so. I will forever be grateful to you."
"I JUST spent the last few hours reading every word on this site. I would like to thank you for reminding me of things I was kind of aware of already but which were hidden away. You have given me some ideas about healing and some spiritual insights that have made my heart feel less heavy, and you've also given me more confidence in myself and made me think seriously about what it means to be a gay man. I feel so isolated from mainstream gay culture and lifestyle, I am indeed a black sheep. And you know what? It feels good to be an individual! Thanks from the bottom of my heart."
"I HAVE just printed out 10 copies of LIFE OR METH's HIV poster to post here at our LGBT Health Center in Chicago. I really appreciate the work you have done to make this campaign accessible for all. All of our work on helping gay and bisexal men be healthy has been seriously hindered by crystal in the community."
~ Daniel Pohl, D. I. S.
"I WRITE to you as a licensed psychotherapist who has been in private practice in Fort Lauderdale for 19 years. It was sad but reaffirming to have you articulate exactly what I have been experiencing and sharing orally with others; crystal IS the new epidemic."
~ Richard [Fort Lauderdale]
"THIS SITE helped me and opened up my eyes. When I first started to read it, tears came to my eyes. An overwhelming exhale. I applaud the people who made this site and just want to tell them that here they saved a life. Thank you for bringing back the rainbows again, and THIS TIME THEY ARE REAL!!!!"
"THANK YOU, LIFE OR METH, for showing me the truth and for helping me to save my life."
~ Robbie M.
"WHAT AN amazing site! Thank you so much for taking the time to create such an informative, truthful approach to a terrible, terrible disease."
~ Curtis Brown
"I HOPE that you won't mind if I refer to your website in my research. It is a valuable tool to us all."
~ Scott Bloom [Tragoida Moving Pictures]
"I'M ensuring LIFE OR METH's vital message is amplified for all of us to be empowered by, learn from and most of all, recover with. I will be happy if even ONE PERSON hears my story, derives empowerment from it, and stops using this terrible drug. I did, and it took LIFE OR METH's message to wake me up."
~ Anon [firstname.lastname@example.org / methfacts.org]
"I WISH I could post this site in a huge banner and fly it over South Beach...I believe you are doing a great and much needed public service...Your method of raw and uncensored information is what some of these people need in order to help themselves."
~ Jorge [Miami]
"THANK YOU for sharing this incredible perspective."
~ Michael [MensIJOrlando@aol.com]
"THIS SITE is wonderful. I'll visit often. What I'd like to see come out of this is a national movement. Let's get some groups together and start making this awareness an awakening for our communities!"
"I SINCERELY thank you LIFE OR METH for giving me the information and support I need to know that I don't want to hurt anymore."
"EVERYONE I have passed your information on to has said 'Wow!' They haven't read anything that has affected them so deeply and spiritually."
~ Jim [Miami, Florida]
"THIS SITE has given me hope."
"LIFE OR METH will help a lot of people avoid 'ice', or at least help those who are using to quit before their lives are destroyed."
"AS SOMEONE recently clean from crystal, I just wanted to say thanks for a site that tells it like it is. This sort of thing is invaluable right now."
"THANK GOD for this web site and the people who created it, for now there is a ray of hope where there was only darkness. LIFE OR METH has saved my life!"
~ Samuel M. Hall
"I CAN'T thank you enough for this site! It is so timely. I will spread the word. I don't want to see any more of my buds become HIV+ through using meth."
"FOR ANYONE who has used and abused crystal meth, this web site really hits home."
"I WANT to thank you for such an important web site. I thank you on many levels: as a gay man living in San Francisco, an emergency physician at SF General Hospital, and one who has lost several patients and friends to meth."
~ Keith L.
"UNBELIEVABLE! I was praying that I would find a site like this one!"
"YOU MAY have saved my life today. Your site has given me the courage to begin again. I will not die this way! No matter what it takes. Thank you for caring so much for someone you may never meet."
"I AM an addict of meth. I have been clean almost two months now and I visit this site to remind me why i dont want to use again."
~ Michelle C.
"I HAVE never used [meth] and after reading the site you can be assured there is one more person in this community who will NEVER use it. The information grabbed me and pulled me in in much the same way Tina does to her users."
~ Craig [Washington]
"MY FRIEND has been using crystal for most of the last week and he is a mess. He has every characteristic that I read on your site. It has helped me more than you will ever know. You have done a great thing for our community. Bless you."
~ Jay A.
"THANKS for the wonderfully enlightening LIFE OR METH, and for helping me to realise that I'm not alone."
"I COULD not agree more with your accurate account of the nightlife of today and the effects crystal meth has had on it. What a contribution!"
"THANK YOU for your site. As a mom, and anti-meth activist, it was a pleasant surprise to find that I AM NOT alone!!!"
"I AM sitting here at my parents’ house with tears in my eyes, having just read LIFE OR METH. Bravo on holding up this mirror for the gay community to look into."
"THANKS for being brave enough to tell the truth. We need more people to stand up to crystal use and those who promote it - including the DJs and promoters who create a tweaked out environment in the clubs and parties - and to bring back the positivity and FUN. Thanks for your part in that - scare tactics and all."
"I MUST compliment you on the hard hitting but necessary factual content of your site. It is, without question, one of the best anti-drug sites I have ever seen... Reading the information on your site has convinced me that I was right to refuse [meth]."
"I HAVE found the site to be incredibly informative and eye opening, and I hope that it opens the eyes of my friends as well. The part about the clubs is so true!"
"I COULD relate to everything. An honest, in-your-face website on crystal meth addiction... After going to your site I am determined not to be a statistic. Thank you."
"I RECENTLY used meth and enjoyed the experience. However, I see where it leads to much of the time and your site helped me to make the decision to quit and not go further down the meth path."
"LIFE OR METH explains exactly why I quit hanging in the gay scene in LA and Miami since the early 1990s."
"AS a former Tina abuser, I can attest to the benefit this site would have been to me... I was empowered by the information about the devastation Tina wreaks on its unsuspecting victim."
~ Steve [Philadelphia]
"IT'S sites like LIFE OR METH that give us the wake up call we need."
"I LOVE the personal touch of your site. Recovery information always seems to be given in such a drab,
depressing way that it seems cold, impersonal and uninteresting."
"THIS SITE is necessary, and its in-your-face attitude may help others to quit or get the help they need."
"THIS has got to be the best, most concise thing I have read on the whole crystal/AIDS/club culture... It has helped me understand the whole thing and their link to one another enormously... You have really helped me see what's been going on."
~ Paul [London]
"I AM so pleased to see LIFE OR METH. I am a gay physician who works with HIV-positive individuals and have seen meth change the world of gay men over the last five years. Your site begins to address these not often talked about issues to a community that appears often in denial."
~ Andrew E.
"THANK YOU. Please don't give up your awesome attempts to shake us back to reality. This slow suicide of our hot/talented/passionate gay brothers is unacceptable."
"I'M a ninth grade student doing a prensentation on meth for my health class. This site has not only helped me immensely in my work, but also taught me sooooo much about meth. Thank you for providing the public and myself with such valuable information."
"THE Person inspired to develop LIFE OR METH should be heralded for their commitment to the survival of a positive gay community."
"ALLOW ME to congratulate and commend LIFE OR METH, which totally - 100%! - describes to a T what I am dealing with."
"I FOUND LIFE OR METH to be informative, true and disturbing. Staying in touch with LIFE OR METH will, hopefully, help me in my recovery."
~ Paul [Provincetown]
"I'M so overwhelmed at the timing of LIFE OR METH. Every point you have made is true, and I will keep your articles in full view to remind myself not to fall back into Tina's trap."
~ Nelson [Fort Lauderdale]
"THIS site is a blessing."
~ De Andrae
"I'M a 34-year-old certified health education specialist, specialising in HIV and Hepatitis C prevention and treatment. It's very reassuring to see that I'm not the only gay man disgusted by this crystal plague."
~ Aaron [San Francisco]
"THANK YOU so much for your amazing site. So few are aware of the dangers of crystal - it's so seductive, so cunning; once it's got you, it's very tough to let go. I sometimes wish I could shout out from the tops of mountains warning everyone. But through a friend I found your site and it made me really happy."