Health Initiative for Men offers queer male support group for ending crystal meth use

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      In queer male communities, crystal meth has often been the drug of choice for party 'n' play (PnP) pursuits, which combines drug usage with often high-risk sexual activities. Numerous health concerns have arisen due to PnP, including unprotected sex.

      For all men who have sex with men (MSM), including gay, bisexual, queer, or straight men, who want to either reduce or put an end to their crystal meth use, Health Initiative for Men (HIM) is launching a support group designed to help men participants do so.

      The group, led by professional counsellors, will offer facilitated group discussions, information about harm-reduction options, a look at cognitive behavioural therapy strategies, and resources.

      Sessions will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from September 19 to November 7.

      Attendance is free or by donation. As space is limited, anyone who wants to register or needs more information should contact HIM by email or by phone at 604-488-1001. For more information about HIM, visit the HIM website

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