Study shows Canadian GLBT students more apt to use drugs

Posted on 09 Mar 2006 at 10:01pm
By Staff Reports

Investigator attributes club-drug abuse to problems with early
self-identification, more frequent associations with other drug users



Dr. Thomas Lampinen

In a survey from Canada, gay or bisexual students were 17 times more likely to try methamphetamine or other “club drugs” than their non-gay counterparts.

The study of high school students surveyed in Vancouver and Victoria showed that 14 percent had tried the drugs, according to the CanWest News Service.
The study was based on a written survey of 607 13- to 19-year-olds at six unnamed high schools.

An investigator, Dr. Doug McGhee, medical director of a Victoria youth clinic, said there are two possible reasons for the increased risk posed to the 2.5 percent of students who identified themselves as gay or bisexual.
He told CanWest that the gay and bisexual students probably encountered drug use among greater numbers of their associates. McGhee also speculated that they might have “problems with early self-identification as gay or bisexual.”

The study was published in the March edition of the British Columbia Medical Journal. It showed that 13.6 percent of teenagers had reported using crystal meth, Ecstasy, ketamine or GHB. The students added that most of the use was only occasional or experimental. Only a handful reported using any drug daily or weekly.

Lead investigator Thomas Lampinen, an epidemiologist with the British Columbia Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, said the study proves there is no crystal meth epidemic in high schools.

The conclusion is based on the confidential survey, conducted in 2003 when students in the six schools completed them in their career and personal-planning classes. But Lampinen told CanWest that the highly increased risk faced by gay and bisexual students was a big concern.

He and his co-investigators, McGhee and Dr. Ian Martin, a physician at Three Bridges Community Health Center in Vancouver, concluded that high school-based anti-drug initiatives may not be as vital in reaching regular drug-using teenagers. Instead, they suggested programs that focus on street youth and gay or bisexual teens, who are more likely to use the drugs on a regular basis. So-called “club drugs” got their name because of their popularity at raves and dance clubs.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand New Zealand’s rate of HIV infection rose 17 percent last year with a record 183 people diagnosed with the sickness half of them as a result of gay sex, an AIDS research group said Tuesday.
The figure, the highest total since records began in 1985, was up 26 on 2004 when 157 cases were diagnosed, the AIDS Epidemiology Group at Otago University said.

Of the 183 new cases diagnosed, 89 were from homosexual sex [up 19 percent on 2004], and 73 [35 men and 38 women] were infected through heterosexual contact, the group said.

Six new sufferers were children diagnosed with HIV through mother-to-child transmission. The causes of the 15 remaining new cases were classified as “unknown.”

Nationwide some 1,850 people have been diagnosed with HIV and up to another 900 are believed to be living with the disease but not yet diagnosed, AIDS Foundation spokesman Steve Attwood told The Associated Press.
AIDS Epidemiology Group Director Dr. Nigel Dickson said that New Zealand’s HIV prevalence rate among men was “about six per 100,000 males aged between 15 and 64” _ mid-range of a group of 12 developed nations ranging from Britain and Ireland to Belgium, Canada and Australia.

AIDS cases in the country of 4 million peaked at 70 confirmed cases in 1989. Some 623 people have died of AIDS since 1985.

Ministry of Health senior public health adviser Dr. Douglas Lush said New Zealand’s HIV prevalence “continues to remain among the lowest in the world despite the 17 percent rise.”

Foundation executive director, Rachael Le Mesurier, said the group was concerned the primary reason for the increase in HIV was new diagnoses among gay men.

“In spite of an abundance of HIV prevention information in gay communities, it seems that an increasing number of men are choosing not to use condoms for … sex every time,” she said.

Le Mesurier said the rise in HIV infection levels could follow lowered concerns because of the success of HIV treatments, the growth of internet dating which increased the opportunities men had for sex, and integration of the gay community into the “mainstream” _ making it harder to target HIV prevention messages.

Foundation chairman Hoani Lambert said the figures showed that no one in New Zealand could afford to be complacent about HIV.

With three out of four new cases occurring in the northern city of Auckland, the foundation had already embarked on specific campaigns in the nation’s biggest city, he said.


HEALTH LISTINGS

Friday
Immunocise, 11 a.m. at Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 2701 Reagan, 214-521-5124; STD Screening, walk-ins accepted as staffing/volunteers permit, $50 for gonorrhea and chlamydia, Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center, appointments available by calling 214-528-2336; HIV Healing Imagery Group, 6 p.m., Hope Counseling Center, call 214-351-5657; Dental Program, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. by appointment, Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center, 4012 Cedar Springs, 214-528-2336; Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, free support group, 8-9:30 p.m., Baylor University Medical Center, Truett Hospital Room 1115A, call Lisa at 794-4977 or Baylor at 214-820-7676; Compulsive Eaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Eastridge Park Christian Church, 2701 N. Town East Blvd., Mesquite, 214-321-2504.

Saturday
HIV/AIDS Support Group for African American Men and Women, 10 a.m.-noon, St. George’s Episcopal Church, 1729 S. Beckley, 214-371-1900; AIDS Bereavement Therapy & Support Group, 11 a.m., 214-559-0688; Lesbian Group, 1 p.m., Counseling Institute of Irving, 1300 Walnut Hill #200, 972-380-7320; Overeaters Anonymous gay and lesbian group, 5 p.m., Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs, 214-488-3301; Support Group for Lesbians in Irving Area, 1 p.m., 1300 Walnut Hill Suite 200, 972-550-8369; Compulsive Eaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., Eastridge Park Christian Church, 2701 N. Town East Blvd., Mesquite, 214-321-2504.

Sunday
Support Group for Parents and Adult Siblings of PWAs, 1 p.m., Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Rd., 214-559-4899; Survivors of Incest Anonymous-Lesbian Group, 6-8 p.m., 972-644-6906.

Monday
Immunocise, 11 a.m. at Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 2701 Reagan, 214-521-5124; STD Screening, $50 for gonorrhea and
chalmydia, free for syphilis, free syphilis treatment for positive results; 3-7 p.m., Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center, 4012 Cedar Springs, 214-528-2336; HIV testing, anonymous/confidential, $20 fee, 3-6 p.m., Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center, 4012 Cedar Springs, 214-528-2336; Fitness Quest for all community members, 6-7 p.m., Katy Trail, Lemmon at Carlisle, walk, run, blade, bike, call 214-521-5124; HIV-Positive Support Group, 1-2:30 p.m., Legacy Counseling Center, 4054 McKinney, Suite 212, 214-520-6308; Positive Living, HIV/AIDS rap session for African-American Men, 6-8 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, 5002 S. Central Expressway, 214-324-1031; Lab Draws (physician order required, appointment unnecessary), 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center, 4012 Cedar Springs, 214-528-2336; Dental Program, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center, 4012 Cedar Springs, 214-528-2336; HIV-Positive Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Legacy Counseling Center, 4054 McKinney, Suite 212, 214-520-6308; Free fitness class open to all, 6 p.m., Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 2701 Reagan, 214-528-9254 ext 115; Support Group for African American Family Members and Significant Others, 6:30-8:30 p.m., AIDS Interfaith Network, 1005 W. Jefferson, Suite 301, 214-559-4899; Grupo de Apoyo-Hispano, 7 p.m., Parkland Hospital Outpatient Clinic, 214-590-5415; Living Positive Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Hope Counseling Center, 5910 Cedar Springs, 214-351-5657; Compulsive Eaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Eastridge Park Christian Church, 2701 N. Town East Blvd., Mesquite, 214-321-2504; Gay/Lesbian Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania, Fort Worth, 817-847-9648.

Tuesday
Continued Care Support Group for any GLBT person who has been in a substance abuse treatment center or psychiatric hospital in the past year, 6-8 p.m., Pride Institute of Texas, call Jay Lewis at 214-207-5903; Immunocise, Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 11 a.m., call 214-521-5124; Lesbian Group, 7 p.m. at Wellness in the Parks Counseling Center, 5217 McKinney, call 214-521-9019; Recovery Substance Abuse Group, 10 a.m., AIDS Services of Dallas, 800 N. Lancaster, call 214-941-0523; Couples Supporting Couples group for HIV-positive male couples, 7 p.m., St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 6525 Inwood, call 214-559-4899; Gay & Lesbian Group, 7:30 p.m., Counseling Institute of Irving, 1300 Walnut Hill #200, call 972-380-7320; HIV-Positive Support Group, semi-monthly, 6-8 p.m., Legacy Counseling Center, 4054 McKinney, Suite 212, call 214-520-6308;
Tuesday Night Wellness Clinic, intake required, Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center, 4012 Cedar Springs, call 214-528-2336; Dental Program, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center, 4012 Cedar Springs, call 214-528-2336; Overeaters Anonymous gay and lesbian group, 7 p.m., 4300 MacArthur, Suite 200, call 214-488-3301; Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, free support group, 7-8:30 p.m., Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 5324 Northwest Highway, Upstairs Room 4, call Lisa at 214-794-4977; HIV-Positive Education & Support Group, 12:30 p.m. at AIDS Outreach Center, 801 W. Cannon, Fort Worth, 817-535-1113.

Wednesday
STD Screening, $50 for gonorrhea and chalmydia, 10-noon, 3-7 p.m., Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center, 4012 Cedar Springs, 214-528-2336; Immunocise, 11 a.m., Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 2701 Reagan, call 214-521-5124; HIV Testing, anonymous/confidential, $20, 10 a.m. to noon, 3-7 p.m., Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center, 4012 Cedar Springs, call 214-528-2336; Fitness Quest for all community members, 6-7 p.m., Katy Trail, call 214-521-5124; HIV Testing and Counseling, Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs, call 214-944-1050; Lab Draws (physician order required, appointment unnecessary), 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center, 4012 Cedar Springs, call 214-528-2336; African-American male support group at Bluitt-Flowers Health Center, conference room A or B, 6:30-8 p.m., call 214-421-4343; Project Esperanza Spanish Support Group, 6-8 p.m., call Laura Trujillo Koster at 214-526-1704; Dental Program, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center, 4012 Cedar Springs, call 214-528-2336; Living with HIV support group, 10:30 a.m., Veteran’s Medical Center, 4500 S. Lancaster Road, call 972-376-5451 ext. 7253; HIV/AIDS Support Group, 2 p.m., Parkland Hospital Outpatient Clinic, call 214-590-5536; Bereavement Group, 6-8:30 p.m., Legacy Counseling Center, 4054 McKinney, Suite 212, call 214-520-6308; Co-Dependents Anonymous Newcomers Meeting, 7:30 p.m., St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 6525 Inwood, call 214-766-8939; Co-Dependents Anonymous group, 7:30 p.m., Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, 6525 Inwood, call 214-766-8939; Coming Out Group, 7-8 p.m., free but donations requested for AIDS Resource Center food pantry, call Ron Wilkinson, Ph.D. at 214-522-9909; AIDS Bereavement Group, 7:30-9 p.m., Hope Counseling Center, 5910 Cedar Springs Rd., call 214-351-5657 for intake; Lesbian Support Groups, 5:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m., Hope Counseling Center, 5910 Cedar Springs, call 214-351-5657 for intake; Living Positive Group, 6-7:30 p.m., Hope Counseling Center, 5910 Cedar Springs, call 214-351-5657 for intake; Sexual Compulsivity Group, 5-6:30 p.m., Hope Counseling Center, 5910 Cedar Springs, call 214-351-5657 for intake.

Thursday
STD Screening, $50 for gonorrhea and chalmydia, 3-7 p.m., Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center, 4012 Cedar Springs, 214-528-2336; Immunocise, 11 a.m., Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 2701 Reagan, call 214-521-5124; Renaissance III, group providing AIDS information and services for gay African American men, 2606 MLK Jr. Blvd, Suite 203, call for times or other information, 214-421-4343; HIV testing, anonymous/confidential, $20, 3-6 p.m., Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center, 4012 Cedar Springs, 214-528-2336; Lab Draws (physician order required, appointment unnecessary), 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center, 4012 Cedar Springs, call 214-528-2336; Dental Program, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center, 4012 Cedar Springs, call 214-528-2336; HIV-Positive Therapy Group for Women, 11 a.m.-noon, Legacy Counseling Center, 4054 McKinney, Suite 212, call 214-520-6308; Free fitness class open to all including yoga, aerobics, strength training, 6 p.m., Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 2701 Reagan, call 214-528-9254 ext 115; General Issues Group for Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals, 6:30-8 p.m., Hope Counseling Center, 5910 Cedar Springs, call 214-351-5657 for intake; Diabetes & HIV Support Group, semi-monthly, 1-2 p.m., Legacy Counseling Center, 4054 McKinney, Suite 212, call 214-520-6308; Bethany HIV Support Group, 7 p.m., call 214-823-2317; HIV-AIDS Support Group, 7 p.m., Parkland Hospital Outpatient Clinic, call 214-590-5536; HIV Positive Support Group, 7 p.m., Bethany Presbyterian Church, 4523 Cedar Springs, call 214-944-1050; HIV/AIDS Group in Irving Area, 7 p.m. at 1300 Walnut Hill Suite 200, call 972-550-8369; Bethany Presbyterian Church, call 214-823-2317; HIV-AIDS Support Group, 7 p.m., Parkland Hospital Outpatient Clinic, call 214-590-5536; HIV Positive Support Group, 7 p.m., Bethany Presbyterian Church, 4523 Cedar Springs, call 214-944-1050; HIV/AIDS Group in Irving Area, 7 p.m. at 1300 Walnut Hill Suite 200, call 972-550-8369; Dental Program, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center, 4012 Cedar Springs, call 214-528-2336; HIV-Positive Therapy Group for Women, 11 a.m.-noon, Legacy Counseling Center, 4054 McKinney, Suite 212, call 214-520-6308; Free fitness class open to all includes yoga, aerobics and more, 6 p.m., Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 2701 Reagan, call 214-528-9254 ext 115; Compulsive Eaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Eastridge Park Christian Church, 2701 N. Town East Blvd., Mesquite, 214-321-2504; Positive Therapy Group for Women, 11 a.m.-noon, Legacy Counseling Center, 4054 McKinney, Suite 212, call 214-520-6308;

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, March 10, 2006.

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